Don’t miss the final events of the semester!


9780520280861_WilloughbyHerardFinal Writer’s Discussion Series Event with Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, April 12 at 3:30pm

Beginning on March 22nd, the Stone Center will host a 3-part Writer’s Discussion series featuring book readings and discussion with local UNC faculty as well as authors from across the nation.  The series is co-hosted with the Bull’s Head Bookshop and all events will take place at the Bookshop unless otherwise noted. 

April 12, at 3:30 pm, Bull’s Head Bookshop (2nd floor UNC Student Bookstore)

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard | Waste of a White Skin: Carnegie and the Making of Global Whiteness and Misery (UC Press, 2015)|

A path breaking history of the development of scientific racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy in the U.S. and South Africa in the early twentieth century, Waste of a White Skin focuses on the American Carnegie Corporation’s study of race in South Africa, the Poor White Study, and its influence on the creation of apartheid.

This book demonstrates the ways in which U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism in the critical period prior to 1948 through philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly knowledge production. Rather than comparing racial democracies and their engagement with scientific racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways in which a racial regime of global whiteness constitutes domestic racial policies and in part animates black consciousness in seemingly disparate and discontinuous racial democracies. This book uses key paradigms in black political thought—black feminism, black internationalism, and the black radical tradition—to provide a rich account of poverty and work. Much of the scholarship on whiteness in South Africa overlooks the complex politics of white poverty and what they mean for the making of black political action and black people’s presence in the economic system.

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.



Crucial Discussion series- calendar

FINAL Crucial Discussion Series event on April 11 at 6:30pm

Beginning January 21, during the week of campus-wide activities in honor of Dr. King, the Stone Center launched a series of ongoing student-led conversations to explore current social justice issues and the persons at the forefront of these movements. Each of these Crucial Discussion sessions–to occur monthly throughout the spring semester–will feature noted community activists who champion a specific cause and seek to effect lasting and meaningful social and institutional change through action and engagement.  These forums will provide an opportunity for student participants to critically explore social justice issues and learn from the ideas, experience and passion of seasoned community leaders and activists how to drive change through committed involvement and service.

Discussion Schedule (all discussions take place at 6:30pm at the Stone Center):

January 21: Environmental Justice — Naeema Muhammad and Steve Wing, NC Environmental Justice Network

February 18: Civic Involvement and Community Organizing — Ajamu, Ajamuito and Rukiya Dillahunt, generations of community activists

March 21: Local Community Renewal and Environmental Racism — Rev. Robert Campbell

April 11: Queer Liberation — Serena Sebring, Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

Click Here to RSVP to a crucial discussion event.

6OtKiRByIEFjMmIqDIoBh28gK5aRSXeivD0qGqV8oLwLa Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson art exhibit on display in the Stone Center Gallery through May 13.

The Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum will host noted artist Stefanie Jackson for an exhibition entitled La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson. Jackson, a professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, is one of the most important African-American contemporary figurative artists exploring contemporary social and political events. She has also used her oil paintings, lithographs, drawings and etchings to re-examine important historical moments in African-American and U.S. history such as the Atlanta race riots, and the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson will be shown at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from February 11 – May 13, 2016.

Bring your cell phone to the gallery!  A FREE audio tour of the exhibit is available via Guide by Cell.  Instructions for the audio tour are available in the gallery. 


Congrats to our own Christopher Wallace for receiving the 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award!

Christopher Wallace, received a 2016 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for his work with the Stone Center’s Communiversity Youth Program. The Robert E. Bryan Award recognizes individual students, faculty, staff and organizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for extraordinary public service and engagement.

One of Chris’ many nominators said, “Chris inspires the students of the Communiversity Youth Program to become the best versions of themselves and facilitates partnerships with local and campus-wide service organizations who are able to guide the students during this process of self-discovery. Through his investment in his students, he ensures that the lessons they learn during the program have a lasting impact on their lives.”

Please join the whole Stone Center family in congratulating Chris on this special achievement!

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Missed a Stone Center a event or lecture? Want to view it online? Check out our Vimeo Page!

Did you miss a “can’t-miss” Stone Center event or lecture? Don’t worry– you can view video from Stone Center lectures, programs and special events on our Vimeo page. Vimeo is a platform used to upload video content and share it on the internet—via your Vimeo page. You can access the Stone Center Vimeo page here: We’ve upgraded our account so that we can share more content with you. You can access videos from past programs and lectures as well as current content from our most recent events. We look forward to seeing you at an event this fall as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Stone Center Building! (But if you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered.)

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