South Carolina ETV

ETV Presents "Take on the South: What Is the South in the 21st Century"

Premieres Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. on ETV

For Immediate Release
April 25, 2012

Columbia, SC…It seems the American South has always had a culture of its own. Football and NASCAR, BBQ and sweet tea, religion and politics, “Gone with the Wind” and country music are what many associate with the South, and the people that live there.

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But what did it mean to be an American Southerner 100 years ago, and how is it different from what it means today? In short, how do we define the American South in the 21st century? And should we--as scholars and pundits have been doing since the 1930s--lament its passing?

These are the questions Dr. Walter Edgar poses on the next episode of “Take on the South” airing on ETV on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. The program will be rebroadcast on the South Carolina Channel on Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m.

Joining Edgar in the discussion are:

  • James Cobb, distinguished professor of History in the American South at the University of Georgia, and author of more than 40 articles and 20 books
  • John Reed, founder of the Center for the Study of the American South, and a former professor at UNC-Chapel Hill

Although the American South is changing, “The South” is not going away, according to Cobb and Reed. However it has been, and continues to be, redefined. With this insight, both scholars bring to light the concept that change is actually sustaining what it means to be “Southern.” Because of mass media, urbanization and technological advances, the South is remaining unique in its own ways. And publications such as “Southern Living” and “Garden and Gun” have all been created to keep the Southern way of life alive and well. Tune in as we dive into this discussion of defining the American South in the 21st century.

"Take on the South" is produced by South Carolina ETV and is distributed nationally by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Funding for the program was provided by the University of South Carolina's Institute for Southern Studies with a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation. The program won a 2010 Southeast Regional Emmy award for set-design, and was also nominated in the "Informational/Instructional" programming category.

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.



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