• A Daughter's Mental Illness and Overcoming Stigma
    January 24, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Community members Tim and Dawn Woody discuss their daughter's mental illness and overcoming stigma. The talk will feature Patrick Corrigan's book Coming Out Proud: to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness. Sponsored by NAMI Orange, Faith Connections on Mental Illness, Mental Health Community Connections: Children and Youth, and Stand By Me NC.
  • Julius Chambers
    April 26, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Local authors Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier recently released a biography of Julius Chambers: A Life in the Struggle for Civil Rights that connects the details of Chambers's life to the wider struggle to secure racial equity through the development of modern civil rights law.

    Joining them for a panel discussion is Adam Stein, and Ted Shaw. Stein is a principal architect of a litigation strategy that helped define and strengthen civil rights jurisprudence starting in the late 1960s. Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC‐CH. He previously served as director‐counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
  • Jane Austen
    May 11, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - A Truth Universally Acknowledged: the Enduring Popularity of Jane Austen
    From painstaking historical miniseries to web series to finger puppets, we just can’t seem to get enough of Jane Austen and her six best-known books. What keeps us coming back to Jane, almost two hundred years after her death? Join us for a panel discussion on the rise and continued rise of Jane Austen’s popularity, with Professors James Thompson and Inger Brodey, co-founders of the Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC-CH, Chapel Hill Public Library Readers’ Services Coordinator (and top-secret romance novelist) Susan Maguire, and more.
  • Lead Exposure
    June 12, 2017
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Learn about the most common and preventable sources of childhood lead exposure in Orange County and strategies that parents and caregivers can practice to reduce the risk of lead exposure to young children.

    An Environmental Health Specialist, NC Certified Lead Risk Assessor and Healthy Homes Specialist with more than 15 years of experience investigating children with environmental lead exposure will lead the talk and suggest low-cost ways to keep households and families safe. Meeting Room A.
  • Foreign-Born Residents
    January 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    - Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Conversations in Mandarin, Korean, and English language

  • Foreign-Born Residents
    January 20, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B. Conversations in English, Russian, Burmese, and Arabic languages. Childcare available.

  • Foreign-Born Residents
    February 15, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill Conversations in Spanish and English. Childcare available.

  • Climate Change
    April 29, 2018
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    - Now that President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from climate change efforts, how are American governors, mayors and ordinary people responding? In this panel discussion, featuring UNC students, we will share our stories from the most recent United Nations climate negotiations highlighting the urgency with which world leaders are tackling the problem. And then bring it home: we will invite community leaders to address how the companies and the people of Chapel Hill and neighboring communities are taking action on climate change and how can we be even more effective.
  • The Talk
    June 26, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    - The Talk is a one-man performance by Sonny Kelly that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a racialized America.

    Following the performance, we will convene a panel discussion featuring:
    • Beth Vazquez, Ombuds, Town of Chapel Hill
    • Chris Blue, Executive Director of Community Safety & Chief of Police, Town of Chapel Hill
    • Kevin 'Kaze' Thomas, of Intelligently Ratchet
    • Sonny Kelly, The Talk performer and Initiative for Minority Excellence Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill
    This program is possible through a partnership with Carolina Public Humanities, Southern Oral History Program, Carolina K-12, Center for the Study of the American South, and Chapel Hill Public Library.
  • Suspect Citizens
    August 13, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us about Policing and Race offers the most comprehensive look to date at the most common form of police-citizen interactions, the routine traffic stop.

    Police use traffic stops to search drivers suspected of carrying contraband. Generally, very large numbers of stops occur before an officer might prevent a significant crime. Suspect Citizens documents the extreme rarity of drug busts and reveals sustained and troubling disparities in how racial groups are treated; whites are rarely targeted compared to people of color.

    Learn more from the authors and join us for a discussion of the topic.

    Sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Justice in Action Committee, the book explores an analysis of traffic stops in North Carolina. To read an interview with lead author Frank Baumgartner, click here.

    The mission of the Justice in Action Committee is to adequately and effectively reflect the Town of Chapel Hill’s integrity and commitment to preserving racial, economic, and social justice within the community.
  • Racial Equity
    February 19, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Many know about the pivotal act of civil disobedience which took place in Greensboro on February 1, 1960, when four students from NC A&T University sat down at the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter. But how many of us know our own extraordinary history that took place less than a month later, when high school students from the still-segregated Lincoln High in Chapel Hill planned and staged a sit-in at another “whites only” space, Colonial Drug Store on Franklin Street? Unlike the Greensboro Four, some of these courageous young people were arrested.

    The February Conversation of the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools will begin with a short video produced by the library about how local high school students were groundbreakers in the civil rights history of our own town, followed by discussion with several members of the Chapel Hill Nine, who, almost 60 years later, are still important members of our community.

    In this special Black History Month presentation, presenters will ask attendees to consider how youth are important agents for change and how WHO tells the story shapes what we know about our own past.

    To explore the history of the Chapel Hill Nine, visit chapelhillhistory.org.

    The Conversations on Equity Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools, The Town of Chapel Hill's Justice in Action Committee, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, the Orange County Human Relations Commission, and Chapel Hill Public Library.
  • White Women & the Politics of Racial Inequality
    October 24, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    - The Hutchins Lecture is an annual talk coordinated by UNC's Center for the Study of the American South.

    We'll be live streaming this event on our Facebook page and overflow seating will be in Meeting Room A if Meeting Room B fills up.

    In the past few years, white supremacist ideas and organizations have resurfaced with alarming vigor in American politics. Just weeks before the midterm elections, this conversation will provide a historical perspective on white women’s roles in supporting white supremacy and the political and economic outcomes of their involvement. Suggesting that we broaden our view beyond the violent and masculine dimensions of white supremacist politics, McRae asks us to consider the significant work white women did as public welfare bureaucrats, teachers, storytellers, and voters throughout the twentieth century.

    Elizabeth Gillespie McRae is an Associate Professor of History at Western Carolina University. Her new book, Mothers of Massive Resistance, examines “the central role white women played in the crafting of white supremacist politics” from the 1920s through the 1970s. McRae will be interviewed by Katherine Mellen Charron, Associate Professor of History from N.C. State University. Their conversation will focus on white conservative women in the South and their often overlooked influence on American politics.

    Meeting Room B
  • International Trade
    May 23, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Globalization, International Trade, and President Trump's Tariffs -- What Everyone Needs to Know

    US policies towards international trade with China, Mexico and other trading partners have been front and center in public debate in recent months. We as citizens have little direct experience with the details of our country's international trading activities. This presentation, sponsored by the National Economic Education Delegation (NEED), will provide an introduction to the importance and implications of international trade for employment and standard of living in the US and around the world. This presentation aims to be unbiased, non-partisan, and professional.

    Patrick Conway will provide this introduction and will then moderate discussion of important policy issues surrounding the US participation in international trade. Why do we trade internationally? Is international trade job-creating, or job-destroying? How do trade agreements like NAFTA work? Can placing restrictions on trade lead to greater employment and wages in the US?

    Patrick Conway is Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been on the Carolina faculty since 1983. He has taught courses in introductory economics, international economics, development economics and macroeconomics to undergraduates and graduate students. He won the William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professorship in 2007. He has advised the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on matters of international trade.

    The National Economic Education Delegation (NEED) is a nonprofit organization with mission to build economic policy literacy nationwide. NEED has more than 400 affiliated academic economists, including Nobel Prize winners, Chairs of the Federal Reserve, and former Chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Conway is one of many academic economists in the Research Triangle area participating in this initiative.

    Meeting Room A

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