I’m Charlotte Taylor Fryar, doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, field scholar at the Southern Oral History Program, activist for public higher education, and fervent North Carolinian.
My writing and research interests include higher education, campus activism, oral history, public landscapes, and digital scholarship. To find out how these interests manifest themselves in my day-to-day, you may consult my CV.
My dissertation investigates the history and continued legacies of student activism against institutional racism at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1968 to the present. This alternative history is presented as an interactive digital exhibit of oral histories and archival materials that centers on both student activist organizations and the campus’s built landscape. The exhibit will be a student activist toolkit, a resource for student engagement in a counter-narrative of resistance, and a engaged model for publicly engaged, critical public humanities and digital oral history.
In this digital space, I do only small amount of writing on my research findings and process. Mostly, I use this as a space to write from outside my position within my institution. Here, I write on a number of topics that resonate with what I hope is a sustained and self-affirming resistance: public space and politics, nature and wilderness, walking and identity, family and the South.
I take off my graduate student hat and put on others. My closet is full of them. They include: walker, cellist, chagrined Thomas Wolfe-devotee, Annie Dillard-worshiper, cilantro-fanatic, runner, and starved reader of modern southern lit, women’s memoir, and essay collections.