Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship (UISF) Applications Now Available!

IMG_4805The Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship (UISF) supports international travel and study for students in good standing and enrolled full-time at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is open to all students, but is intended to provide support for international and study abroad experiences to those with limited or no abroad travel experience. Fellowship recipients are awarded up to $2,500 toward academic research or study in an international setting. The application deadline is March 13, 2015. Interested applicants should contact: Christopher Wallace at chrislw@email.unc.edu or (919) 962.7264.

Download UISF Information Sheet Here.

Download the UISF Application Here. 



March 26 at 7:00 pm, Hitchcock Room

Writer’s Discussion Series and Diaspora Black and Independent Film Screening

nicoleWriter’s Discussion Series – Nicole Fleetwood: “On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination”

“On Racial Icons” looks at visual culture and race in the United States, in particular the significance of photography to document black public life. It examines America’s fascination with representing and seeing race in a myriad of contexts as emblematic of national and racial progress at best, or as a gauge of a collective racial wound. Investigating the concept of the icon in the context of photographic history, national and cultural histories, and racial relations, Nicole R. Fleetwood focuses a sustained lens on how racial icons circulate and acquire meaning within the broader public.

Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She researches and teaches in the areas of visual culture and media studies, black cultural studies, ethnography, gender theory, and culture and technology studies.

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Screening of “Through a Lens Darkly”
[Dir: Thomas Allen Harris/Documentary/US/English/92 minutes /2013]

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, “Through a Lens Darkly” probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

March 31 at 7 pm, Stone Center Hitchcock Room

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Screening

AVSAA_POSTER FINAL copyBOUND: African vs African Americans
[Dir: Peres Owino/Documentary/USA/English/90 min/2014]

BOUND: African vs African Americans is a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans.

Discussion following film screening with director Peres Owino and student panelist: Omololu Babatunde, Bethlehem Meshesha, Shadai Mcmillan and Gabrielle Franklin




 Ritual + Time Travel = Rebirth: Images and Words by Michael Platt and Carol Beane on display now at the Stone Center’s  Brown Gallery.

time travler copyRitual + Time Travel = Rebirth: Images and Words by Michael Platt and Carol Beane features the work of married artists Michael Platt and Carol Beane. Platt creates artwork that centers on figurative explorations of life’s survivors, the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition. For Platt and Beane, the creation of these images and poems was an endeavor—typical of their usual manner of sharing the same living, working, cooking, creative/creating space…thoughtful, mostly easy, together trying to find just the right combination of elements to “make magic.”

Ritual + Time Travel = Rebirth: Images and Words by Michael Platt and Carol Beane will be shown at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from January 29 through May 11, 2015.

 Featured in the Gallery:


For more information on each of these pieces, or for acquisition, please contact Michael Platt: plattbeane@gmail.com

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

IMG_4636Did 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: http://vimeo.com/stonecenter 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.) Check us out at: http://vimeo.com/stonecenter

Click here to download a complete list of Spring 2015 programs and events!