William Ferris | Center for the Study of the American South | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week
This is a past event.

William Ferris 

When: Tue., Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m. 2013
"The South is an intimate place. It's a place of a familiar touch, of a grandmother's touch, or of a grandfather's voice telling a story." That's William Ferris, history professor and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill, speaking on NPR earlier this month. Ferris is a master folklorist, but more importantly, he's a talker. That's how he gets people to open up and tell those deep-down, enthralling, essential stories that define a time and place. Ferris' interviews with 26 cultural luminaries are collected in a new UNC Press book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, which the Center celebrates with an opening reception for an exhibition of Ferris' photographic portraits of his subjects. The book covers four decades of field work and includes a CD and DVD of original audio and films of interviews with Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, Alice Walker, William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, C. Vann Woodward and more. The interviews reveal how essential storytelling is to Southern identity and how Ferris' subjects forged that identity. In addition to Tuesday's reception, Ferris gives a talk and signs the book at UNC's Wilson Library on Sept. 5. —Chris Vitiello
Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation