I’d like to invite you to attend an conference+festival I’m participating in later this month.  North Carolina: The New American Heartland, will take place at the National Humanities Center in Durham over the course of three days.  I’m exhibiting several series’ of work alongside photographer Aaron Canipe, as well as hosting an iteration of the Black Lunch Table, which will be catered by none other than Salt Box Seafood (!!).  Online registration is required!

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Organized by Brendan Greaves (of Paradise of Bachelors), New American Heartland will “enlist scholars, artists, critics, journalists, educators, economic forecasters, policy experts, activists, community leaders, business owners, and others to critically consider North Carolina’s role as a bellwether for the nation.

The complex challenges North Carolinians face in the early twenty-first century are mirrored in communities throughout the United States—economic inequality, disappearing opportunities in small towns and rural communities, and partisan divisions over a host of issues ranging from racial justice, to environmental policy, to immigration.

Through the lens of expressive culture, specifically the dimensions of food, music, and storytelling, North Carolina: The New American Heartland will provide a forum for examining North Carolina’s complex and myriad cultural identities and exploring how the arts and humanities can help us better understand and face our shared challenges.”

jina valentine
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