RALEIGH–Gender roles, racial equality and building a new North Carolina after the Civil War will be examined at the Oct. 11-12 “Defining the Contours of the Old North State” conference at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University in Durham. It is the second of three “New Voyages to Carolina” conferences organized by participating universities and the Office of Archives and History of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The opening night speaker, Glenda Gilmore, Yale University, will address educating North Carolinians from 1865-1970, at the Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Among Friday sessions at the Michaux Education Building at N.C. Central University are “African AmericanWomen in Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction,” by Karin Zipf, East Carolina University and “New Directions in Women’s History,” by Michele Gillespie, Wake Forest University.
Other sessions include” Original Intent: Early Opposition to Jim Crow,” by Blair Kelley, N.C. State University, “Mid-Twentieth Century Student Activism at the First State University,” Kevin Cherry, N.C. Office of Archives and History; and “Defying Brown, Defying the Pearsall Plan,” by Jerry Gershenhorn, N.C. Central University.
Conference registration is $30, $15 for students and includes two receptions, breaks, lectures and materials. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and mailed to Parker Backstrom, Office of Archives and History, MSC 4610, Raleigh, NC 27699.
For additional information call (919) 807-7288 or visit the N.C. Literary and Historical Assocaition online. The third conference will be at UNC-Asheville on Nov. 15-16 and will examine the cultural roots of North Carolina.