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SOHP News & Features Archive

Meet the New Moxie Scholars!

moxies2014SOHP is excited to announce our new crop of Moxie Scholars in partnership with the Carolina Women’s Center, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the History Department. Read about our new 2014 Moxie Project scholars here.

Moxie Project Summer Updates

Our Moxie Scholars are hard at work in their summer internships in women’s organizations around the Triangle. Want to stay up-to-date on their activities? Read the Moxie blog and sign up to receive the brand new “Moxie Memos” newsletter!

New Addition:  N.C. Memorial Hospital Oral History Project

hist25Oral histories from Dr. Raul Necochea’s fall 2013 seminar: The Revenge of the Sick: History of Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View are now online! This is the second year Dr. Necochea has donated materials from this seminar to our collection, and we are excited about this collaboration with the UNC School of Medicine. His students interviewed clinicians who worked at North Carolina Memorial Hospital from the 1950s to the 1980s. The interviews were guided by the question, “What was considered ‘good doctoring’ decades ago?” These interviews seek to provide perspective on how definitions of medical competence and professionalism change and remain over time by asking experienced clinicians for stories that illustrate their training and how they practiced in circumstances that may be different from those today. The interviews also contribute to the institutional memory of the UNCSOM by preserving testimonies of older practitioners familiar with the history of the University of North Carolina Health Care System.You can access the interviews in our database here.

SOHP Undergraduate Interns: Spring 2014

(back row, left to right) Aaron Hayworth, Turner Henderson, and graduate student Rob Shapard. (Bottom left to right) Katie Crook, Coco Wilder, and graduate student Morgan Jones. Meet our Spring 2014 undergraduate interns! Katie, Coco, Aaron, and Turner share their individual projects with the program and research interests for their oral history interviews. Take a look at their stories here.

Happy 40th Anniversary SOHP!IMG_4518

Thanks to everyone who attended our 40th Anniversary Celebration at Wilson Library on April 4th, 2014. We couldn’t do all that we do without you.View photos from the event (as well as our slideshow of Photos from the Vault) on our SmugMug page.

Tell Us Your Story

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we invite the people who have graciously shared and captured stories to now tell us about your experience. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Sign Up for Our Walking Tour

See  campus landmarks and listen to stories told by the actual voices from oral histories in our collection! These tours will be led by one of our interns and will take place during our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 4 at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 pm. Spots are limited, so sign up using the form here.

40th Anniversary Schedule of Events


Our 40th Anniversary Celebration is just around the corner! We’d be delighted to have you join us on  April 4 at Wilson Library for a panel discussion, walking tour of campus, student performance, cake, and more! Click on the image for details.

We’ve been working on an interactive exhibit, and in order to maximize your experience, we encourage you to download a free QR code reader.  With your smartphone, you can search the app store for a free QR code reader. We recommend the free apps QR Reader By TapMedia Ltd and AT&T Code Scanner.


If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t worry – we will have listening stations with iPads so you can still access the interactive pieces of the exhibit.



SOHP Featured in “Talkback” Panel following Sweet Tea Performance

SOHP Associate Director Rachel Seidman and former Interim Director Della Pollock will be featured in a panel discussion about the many uses of oral history following the matinee performance on Sunday, February 16 of E. Patrick Johnson’s play, Sweet Tea.  Join us in this exciting opportunity to hear directly from E. Patrick Johnson, whose interviews with black gay  men and black lesbians of the South will be deposited here at the Southern Oral History Program, and to join in an engaging conversation about oral history and performance.

Jane M. Saks and Project& present SWEET TEA: BLACK GAY MEN OF THE SOUTH
Written and performed by E. Patrick Johnson; Directed by Joseph Megel
Based on his award-winning book, E. Patrick Johnson stars in this new one-man exploration into the southern black gay community. A fascinating, validating oral history inspired by the author’s personal journey, Sweet Tea explores the perceptions, angst, triumphs and vulnerabilities of this minority within a minority. With passion and insight, Johnson reinforces the spoken-word tradition while challenging stereotypes – and finding humor, humanity and hope within.
February 12-22, 2014
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street, Durham
Info and tickets:

Oral History Making with Immigrant Communities

This three-part “open class” will explore methods, ethical issues, and resources at UNC Chapel Hill for researchers and students conducting and using oral histories with immigrants, with a special focus on working with local Spanish-speaking communities. All classes will take place in the Fed Ex Global Education Center in room 1009 from 3:30-4:45 on Feb. 6, 11, and 13. For more info, visit and see this flyer.

Fighting for Bread and RosesJoey Fink

Former SOHP field scholar and UNC History Department Ph.D. candidate Joey Fink spoke with Frank Stasio on WUNC radio recently about the unionization of labor in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In this interesting interview, Fink discusses the hostility of mid-twentieth century North Carolina to the unionization of workers. She argues that as the Civil Rights movement moved into a new phase in the 1970s, the time was ripe for a push toward more women’s and workers’ rights, along with racial equality. Fink is especially interested in sexual politics and the creation of unions to bring both genders and races together. The unionization of workers in the 1970s, she argues, helped secure more rights for these minorities. The story of the unionization of workers in Roanoke Rapids was eventually adapted into a feature film starring Sally Field, Norma Rae

Malinda Maynor Lowery Named Director of SOHP

malindaThe Center for the Study of the American South proudly announces Malinda Maynor Lowery as the new director of the Southern Oral History Program. Her appointment began on July 1, 2013. Lowery, Associate Professor of History, is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Her book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010), received the Labriola American Indian Center National Book Award. Lowery succeeds Professor of Performance and Cultural Studies Della Pollock, who was Interim Director of the SOHP between 2011 and 2013, and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Founding Director Emerita and Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History. Read more here.