Issue 3 is a collection of essays and memoirs written by students in Bernard L. Herman’s course “Introduction to the American South: A Cultural Journey,” taught in spring 2015. They were selected and finalized under the guidance of co-editors-in-chief Rachel C. Kirby and Trista Reis Porter, graduate students and teaching assistants for the course.
Co-Editors in Chief
Rachel C. Kirby
Masters Student, Folklore Program, Department of American Studies
Rachel was born a Virginian and raised a North Carolinian, forever conflicted by these statehood identities. She has a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, and her capstone project examined modes of remembering and forgetting in a post-Civil War portrait of prominent North Carolinian Paul C. Cameron. She is interested in material culture and memory, and she enjoys using the objects of the South as tools for discovering more diverse and holistic understandings of the region’s history and culture. For her thesis, Rachel is exploring the way Duke Homestead Historic Site constructs and performs the historical narrative associated with their interpretive space.
Trista Reis Porter
Doctoral Student, Department of American Studies
Trista is interested in a variety of topics falling under the scope of American Art and Material Culture. She received her M.A. in the History of Art from Indiana University in 2014, where her thesis focused on the exhibition history of American folk art over the last century. This interest and approach continues to inform the way she thinks about canons in American visual and material culture, how and by whom those canons have been established, and the ways they are constructed around genres such as pottery and sculpture, and descriptors such as folk, fine, outsider, visionary, and immigrant. An Iowa native, Trista received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Iowa in 2012.
Rachel Allen is an undergraduate at UNC double-majoring in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and now lives outside of Asheville. Outside of school Rachel considers herself an activist, volunteering mainly with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. She is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit work.
Naomi B. Carbrey
Sarah Griffin was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-CH with highest honors with a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. She is currently a first year graduate student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Department of Allied Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves taking time off from schoolwork to spend time with her family, especially her family out in Marshville, NC to immerse herself within the Southern culture.
Despite her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Krista Katzenmeyer was not actually Tar Heel born and bred. The lifelong Durhamite is known to posses incriminating childhood photos involving a Duke cheerleading outfit courtesy of her Duke alumni father and grandparents. Overcoming her upbringing, Krista graduated from UNC in May of 2015 with a dual majors in Computer Science and Information Science and will begin a software engineering adventure at Google’s California headquarters this Fall.
Stephanie Okonmah-Obazee is a junior at UNC studying for a BS in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. Stephanie aspires to be some sort of neurological physician in the future. She loves meeting new people and getting a glimpse into the different types of cultures that surround me, so with palm oil chicken stew and white rice she is in touch with her African heritage as well as a fusion of other cultures.
Nicholas W. Place was raised in Red Oak, North Carolina. Growing up he loved to play football and enjoy the outdoors. Nicholas is a Peace, War, and Defense major, and a member of the UNC Army ROTC Tar Heel Battalion. After graduation, he hopes to serve in the military and law enforcement.
Samuel J. Resnick was raised in Gainesville, Florida and studied Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His is currently pursuing MD and PhD degrees at Columbia University. Apart from genetics research, Samuel enjoys kayaking, basketball, and reading. His primary concern about moving to New York City is the dramatic decrease in places serving decent barbecue and biscuits (Oh, and winter!).
Rachel Woodul was born and raised on the muddy shores of the White Oak River in Swansboro, North Carolina, a stone’s throw away from the Intracoastal Waterway, Bogue Inlet, and the Atlantic Ocean. She is an undergraduate student of global health, medical anthropology, and geography; as well the 2015-2016 Dancer Coordinator for the Carolina For the Kids Foundation. In her spare time, you can find Rachel on the water, at a concert, or taking off on a trip.