On Friday, February 23rd, at 11 a.m., Shared Learning was proud to host Professor William Ferris, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill, who gave our February Gray Lindgren Public Lecture at our Association’s meeting location, Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill.
Professor Ferris’ lecture was based on his book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, a fascinating set of interviews with 26 of the most luminous artists and thinkers in American culture — from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, and C. Vann Woodward.
Dr. Ferris described to us how he chose subjects and conducted one-on-one interviews, over the past forty years, with such outstanding cultural representatives of the American South; how storytelling is viscerally tied to southern identity; and how the work of southern and southern-inspired creators has shaped the way Americans think and talk about the South.
Like all of our Lindgren Public Lectures, Dr. Ferris’ talk was free and open to the Chapel Hill area community. We invite you to taste the intellectually invigorating and socially inviting climate that has characterized our organization since its founding by retired UNC faculty members nearly 40 years ago.