Moral Mondays: Scholars Speak Out on North Carolina’s New Social Movement

Moral Monday FinalBY DR. JACQUELYN DOWD HALL     On September 19, 2013 Scholars for North Carolina’s Future will sponsor a panel on the Moral Mondays movement at UNC-Chapel Hill. It will feature leading scholars who will analyze the social movements and North Carolina history and public health and the events that have made our state such a big ongoing national news story and open a conversation with the audience about the prospects for the future.

Women have been disproportionately affected by the avalanche of legislation passed by the Republican majority in the last fifteen months.  And women’s groups have played a leading role in creating the remarkably diverse coalition that makes this new social movement so unique.  How can we be sure that women’s concerns and women’s leadership remain front and center?  How can we best fulfill the promise and meet the difficulties of coalition building?  As the eminent historian of women, Linda Kerber, observed, the women’s movement “has been healthiest when linked to the full range of issues of social justice.”  What do these developments suggest about the health of the women’s movement in our state?     

Everyone is welcome.  For details see the MoralMondayFlyer_Final3. All who plan to come should register at this link. If you’re on Facebook, please help build momentum by also RSVPing to our Facebook event.

Jacquelyn Dowd HallDuring 40 years on the Carolina faculty, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall advocated for women in every aspect of her career: her research and professional leadership, her award-winning teaching, her mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students and her service to her profession and to the University.

Hall, who grew up in Pauls Valley, Okla., attended graduate school at Columbia University. She came to Carolina in 1973 as the first director of the Southern Oral History Program, a position she held until 2011. The program works to preserve the voices of southern past. 

The ripple effects of Hall’s influence and her insights into women’s contributions to human history have been recognized nationally. A former president of the Organization of American Historians, she received the National Humanities Medal presented by President Bill Clinton in 1999, and in 2011 was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.




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