The Duke Office of Civic Engagement maintains this calendar as a compilation of various Duke events related to civic engagement. The listed events are sponsored by offices, departments, and clubs across the university and are not necessarily organized by DOCE. If you have an event you would like to add to our calendar, please email us.
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Sisters, Brothers, and Brotherhoodism: Redefining the Family in the Civil Rights Era
November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A 6 p.m. reception precedes a 7 p.m. talk and book reading by esteemed historian Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. The event is co-presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South. Ownby’s new book, Hurtin’ Words (UNC Press), “considers how a wide range of writers, thinkers, activists, and others defined family problems in the twentieth-century American South. Ownby shows that it was common for both African Americans and whites to discuss family life in terms of crisis, but they reached very different conclusions about causes and solutions. . . . Rather than attempting to define the experience of an archetypal ‘southern family,’ Ownby looks broadly at contexts such as political and religious debates about divorce and family values, southern rock music, autobiographies, and more to reveal how people in the South used the concept of the family as a proxy for imagining a better future or happier past.”