Picturing America: Migration in North Carolina

Immigration is an enduring aspect of humankind. Movements of human populations are caused by a variety of conditions that are broadly categorized as economic, political, socio-cultural, and ecological. This lecture will use the medium of art to convey the myriad stories of North Carolina immigrants. It will explore several visual images that captured stages and perspectives of migration. Discussion will be through description, analysis and interpretations that have been captured in collage by Romare Bearden, the photographs of Dorothea Lange, paintings by Jacob Lawrence, and through pen and ink by John Bigelow Taylor. The selected images take on meaning that is noted and communicated through the various means of expression. This presentation will challenge participants to recognize ideas, values and beliefs about people in different periods throughout history and communicate them through aesthetic responses. Participants will be encouraged to freely discuss their understanding of what it means to be an American through family history and experiences.

Lectern, microphone, LCD projection system, screen, internet access