Upcoming Events

Mountain South Speaker Series Continues with “Fred Chappell: The Documentary”

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. -Manheimer Room, UNCA’s Reuter Center

You can also Use this Zoom link to register for the event

Documentarian Michael Friererson will screen his new film on noted NC novelist and poet Fred Chappell. Chappell, a native of nearby Canton, is one of the most innovative and creative writers this state has ever produced.

Also, check out the Zoom recording of the last event in the series, A Song of the Unsung: “Swannanoa Tunnel” as a Testimony of Racism, Injustice, and Violence in the Blue Ridge Mountains – presented by Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg of Warren Wilson College.

Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson’s Digital History Students to Present at Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center’s History Cafe

Monday, May 24th, 2021, 10:30-11:45 AM

Link to event website is here

Dr. Sean A. Wempe, Assistant Professor of Modern European History, California State University – Bakersfield to give talk, “Pandemic Racism: Historical Patterns of Disease Burden”


Dr. Sean A. Wempe will give a talk that will highlight how pandemics have, throughout history, exacerbated existing inequalities in societies, particularly in terms of race. The talk will focus on the Seven Pandemics of Cholera, the Third Pandemic of Plague, and the ongoing HIV/AIDS Pandemic as examples to help put the current racism and racial disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in context.

Friday, April 16, 2021 – 3:30-4:45PM EST Via Zoom

Link to register is here

Dr. Wempe’s talk will be preceded by a virtual workshop for UNCA faculty members entitled “Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching the History of Disease and Public Health in the Classroom and Beyond” – Friday, April 16, 2021 11:00AM-12:00PM EST via Zoom




Dr. Sarah Judson to Speak at Two Events in October: 

Locating Grassroots Democracy: The Asheville Tenants Rent Strike of 1968/69

Thursday, October 1st – 11:45am-1:00pm via Zoom


2020: Women in Politics, A Critical Commemoration of the 19th Amendment

Dr. Judson will join Dr. Lyndi Hewitt and Dr. Tiece Ruffin for a panel  discussion of African American Women and the Suffrage Movement, Discursive Politics within Women’s Suffrage Movements, and Women’s Suffrage in the South.

Thursday, October 22nd – 6:00pm via Zoom

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History Department to Host First (Virtual) “Historians at the Movies” Night, Featuring Satirical Film The Death of Stalin

Friday, October 2nd – 7:00pm via Zoom

Join us for an evening of virtual socializing, film viewing, and discussion!

RSVP to Laura LaGrone by September 30th at llagrone@unca.edu; connection information will be emailed out to respondents on the day of.


Amazon.com: The Death of Stalin [DVD] [2017]: Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Armando Iannucci: Movies & TV