Conference Examines the Complexity Of North Carolina Past and Present

GREENSBORO, NC Feb. 6, 2013 — The political paradox that is North Carolina, from radical reform in the 19th century, to the era of cities and being Mayberry no more, to North Carolina in the global economy, all are subjects for the conference, “The Tar Heel State.” These and other subjects will be explored at UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 28 – March 1 as historians review the state’s past, present and gauge the future.


The event is the final of four in the “New Voyages to Carolina” series presented by participating universities and the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The Feb. 28 keynote address, “The Progressive Plutocracy Revisited,” will be presented by David Goldfield, UNC-Charlotte.

Other sessions will consider the state’s reform tradition, including “The Progressive Impulse in the Twentieth Century,” Robert Korstad, Duke University; “Chasing Smokestacks: Lessons and Legacies,” James Cobb, University of Georgia; “Whither North Carolina’s Progressive Image,” Rob Christensen, News & Observer, Raleigh; and “Divided Mind of North Carolina: Liberalism, Conservatism,and the Dynamics of Modern Tar Heel Politics,” William Link, University of Florida.

North Carolina as an urban 21st century state will be examined also. ‘Not Mayberry: North Carolina in the Era of Cities and Immigrants,” Tom Hanchett, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte; “Race and Education: The View from West Charlotte High School,” Pamela Grundy, independent scholar, Charlotte; and the conference ends with a panel discussion on 21st century North Carolina.

Conference registration is $30 and $15 for students, and includes two receptions, breaks, lectures and materials. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and mailed to Parker Backstrom, Office of Archives and History, MSC 4610, Raleigh, NC 27699. For additional information call (919) 807-7288 or visit the conference online.