Arts and Culture

Dollywood Values

By R. Neal
December 6, 2007 - This recent Economist article about Dollywood is making the Tennessee blog rounds. It's a somewhat amusing look at Southern/Appalachian culture from a British/European point of view. Characterizing Dolly Parton as the "backwoods Barbie", the article observes:

The left gathers in Atlanta

June 28, 2007 - The U.S. Social Forum -- this country's version of the World Social Forums of that have been gathering since 2001 -- kicked off yesterday here in Atlanta, bringing together over 10,000 activists, community leaders, scholars on others on the left from all 50 states and beyond. Facing South will be braving the Atlanta and heat covering the Social Forum into Saturday.

Pedaling across the South for affordable housing

By R. Neal
June 19, 2007 - A team of 30 college kids on bicycles rode through Western North Carolina and over the mountains to East Tennessee last week on their way to San Diego. Their mission: To raise awareness of affordable housing issues and to raise money for the Orange County NC chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Sweet Tea Month: Half over, or half yet to go?

June 16, 2007 - In our now-growing tradition of honoring those who honor Southern foodways, we feel moved to point out that June is Sweet Tea Month. Whether you're upset that we waited to tell you this until June 15, or happy to know you still have two weeks to celebrate, depends on whether y

Civil Rights Movement Veterans

By R. Neal
June 5, 2007 - I recently received a press release regarding an upcoming 43rd Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service and Conference and Caravan for Justice. About the event:

Last minute shopping tips from Facing South!

December 22, 2006 - Facing South will be shutting down until January 2 for some much-needed holiday R&R. We've had a big year, with the Institute having on impact on issues from the Gulf Coast to the Gulf War. We thank you for reading, and for joining us as we ignite a new debate about change in the South. Another South is possible!