Calling all North Carolinians -- here are some great events coming your way soon:

1. To celebrate the release of Southern Exposure magazine's new special issue, "East Meets South: 150 Years of Asian/Southern Intersections," (online excerpts coming soon!), the Institute along with the N.C. Humanities Council are presenting two events at Duke University:

The Hip Hop Generation and the Politics of Abandonment
Lecture by Hip Hop Journalist and Activist Jeff Chang
Friday, Oct. 21, 8:00 p.m., Duke University's Richard White Auditorium

East Meets South: A Panel Discussion on Asian American Organizing in the South
With Opening Remarks by Jeff Chang and featuring local scholar/activists Milan Pham, Manju Rajendran, Shivali Shah, and Paul Lai.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm, Duke University's Mary Lou Williams Center

Please RSVP for second event to Oct. 18th to cmc7@duke.edu or hongan.truong@gmail.com

2. The N.C. Council of Churches is organizing what promises to be an excellent conference called "Seek Peace and Pursue It: Preaching and Living the Gospel of Peace," November 4-5 at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. (home of Fort Bragg).

This will be a great event to work with faith leaders striving for peaceful alternatives in the country's "most military-friendly state." I/the Institute will be presenting a workshop on "The Social Costs of War." Check out the complete list of workshops and register here.

3. Our friends at the NC Justice Center are holding a one-day conference, "Progress NC 2005: Advancing a Progressive Agenda"on October 27. Featured speakers include the NAACP's newly-elected state director Rev. William Barber and Joel Rogers of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. More info here.