"The Making of the Nuevo South" with Rodrigo Dorfman
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 7-8 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's Center for Appalachian Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Sociology, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts are pleased to welcome Rodrigo Dorfman to campus on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Dorfman will present "The Making of the Nuevo South" on Tuesday, September 26, from 7-8 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall.
Dorfman is a Chilean-born, Latino visual storyteller and community activist known for his work documenting the Great Latino Migration to the American South. His docu-memoir, "Generation Exile," was recently published by Arte Publico Press and his documentary "Bulls and Saints," filmed in North Carolina, will premiere nationwide on September 18 on PBS/POV.
"The Making of the Nuevo South" is a multimedia project that explores how new cultures intersect with an ever-changing South, including the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Dorfman aims to tell stories that challenge mainstream notions of the Latino immigrant experience, exploring the complexity of what it means to preserve and transmit your traditions while living in two worlds at once. His work challenges viewers to deepen their community-centered, non-extractive practices, and find creative ways to open up new spaces of engagement where communities feel empowered to explore a sense of belonging through the act of collaborative storytelling.
Dorfman's lecture is free and open to the public. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.
About the Center for Appalachian Studies
The Center for Appalachian Studies promotes public programs, community collaboration, civic engagement and scholarship on the Appalachian region. The center is committed to building healthy communities and deepening knowledge of Appalachia’s past, present and future through community-based research and engagement. Learn more at https://appcenter.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://interdisciplinary.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts and seven Bachelor of Science concentrations (applied research methods; criminology; families and intimate relationships; health and aging; power and social change; social inequalities; and individually designed, which requires departmental approval). The department also offers minors in sociology and health and aging, plus two online graduate certificates: aging, health and society, and sociology. Learn more at https://soc.appstate.edu.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Located on 423 W. King St. at the crossroads of campus and community, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors in dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Learn more at https://tcva.appstate.edu/about/visit.