10/5/2000

A Different Take on Southern Culture Coming to UTC

Pete Daniel, curator of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, will paint a different picture of Southern culture, post World War II in his upcoming UTC address "Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s," on Thursday, October 12.

Daniel will be the first in the SunTrust Humanities Lecture 200-2001 Series, and his particular interest lies in the emergence of rock-n-roll and the effect it had on music around the world. (One photo from the archives shows a young Elvis with a young B.B. King.) Daniel will kick off the lecture with a short film done for the Smithsonian's "Rock 'N Soul Exhibit," which tours throughout the country. One of the more off-beat parts of Southern culture that Daniel chronicles is stock car racing, and how he says it was used as an expression of the working class culture following the erosion of the agricultural era. Daniel also examines the civil rights movement, school desegregation, the breakdown of agricultural life, gay and lesbian life, and a distinctive emergence of the working-class culture.

Daniel's presentation shows a more diverse South, one that was brimming with the potential for revolutionary change. He will speak about how, in the end, that change was not fully realized.

The lecture will be held in the Raccoon Mountain Room, UTC University Center, from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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