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“Voices of Mississippi” by William Ferris
June 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. with UNC-Chapel Hill History Professor William Ferris’ “Voices of Mississippi.” This watershed release represents the life’s work of Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South. “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris” won 2019 Grammys for “Best Historical Album” and “Best Album Notes” for the 120 page booklet that accompanied the box set.
Sponsored by the Bias Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Town of Duck, a light reception will be served from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
William Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American South. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1997-2001), Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians ranging from the famous (B.B. King) to the unrecognized (Parchman Penitentiary inmates working in the fields).
Ferris has written or edited 10 books and created 15 documentary films. He co-edited the massive “Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” (UNC Press, 1989), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His films include “Mississippi Blues” (1983), which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ferris has won many prestigious honors, including the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities, the American Library Association’s Dartmouth Medal, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and the W.C. Handy Blues Award. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine named him among the Top Ten Professors in the United States.
The Bias Speaker Series is supported by the John H. & Frances Lane Bias Foundation, Inc. (The Bias Foundation), in collaboration with the Town of Duck. The series will offer presentations throughout the year by educators, scientists, and community leaders on a variety of topics. All events are free and open to the public.