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 or

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.