Local UNCA professors Darrin Waters and Marcus Harvey take a fresh look at the challenges, experiences and possibilities of historically marginalized people

By Michelle Keenan

Blue Ridge Public Radio is pleased to introduce The Waters and Harvey Show to listeners across Western North Carolina.

According to BPR General Manager David Feingold, “It’s an important new, weekly series produced in Asheville at BPR News, because it addresses the experiences and influences of minorities across our region and the nation.” The program airs on Saturday afternoon on BPR News at 3:00 pm. The Waters and Harvey Show is also BPR’s first locally produced podcast.

The series offers listeners informed conversations and interviews about history, culture and their impact on current affairs.

According to co-host Dr. Darin Waters, Assistant Professor of History at UNC Asheville, “We are excited to bring The Waters and Harvey Show to BPR News. Our new series is committed to giving voice to historically marginalized people and communities. Through our lively conversations, we hope to encourage a deeper understanding of our vibrant community.”

The Waters and Harvey Show explores the experiences of historically marginalized people and their communities, and considers the influence those experiences have within our increasingly diverse society.

“The Waters and Harvey Show strives to promote increased visibility and understanding of a range of challenging issues facing communities whose historical experiences often go unacknowledged. Blue Ridge Public Radio serves as an important platform on which to continue working toward this goal in a way that engages broader society,” said co-host Dr. Marcus Harvey, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Asheville.

Through conversations between the hosts and with their guests, The Waters and Harvey Show takes a fresh look at the realities, challenges, and possibilities of life in our democratically organized communities.

The program airs on Saturday afternoons at 3:00 pm on BPR News. It’s available for on-demand listening at BPR.org and is widely available as a podcast including on the new BPR mobile app, the NPR Mobile App, and other podcast channels.


Host Biographies:

Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History.  He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America. Dr. Waters received his doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.  While at Chapel Hill, he worked with Dr. Harry L. Watson and the noted African American historian Dr. John Hope Franklin.  Dr. Waters’ own research has focused on the history of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  More recently, Dr. Waters has written about issues surrounding the construction of the nation’s collective historical memory, exploring the impact that that memory has on the present.

Dr. Marcus L. Harvey is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses on African indigenous and Atlantic religions, folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, and religion in American popular culture. He has expertise in the field of religion and literature as well. Dr. Harvey earned his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University in Atlanta in 2012. His research specialization focuses on the role of indigenous spiritual traditions in the creation of knowledge among the Akan of Ghana and the Yorùbá of Nigeria, as well as on the work of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.  Dr. Harvey has presented and published nationally and internationally on topics related to the study of African forms of thought and black cultural experience. His work has also explored cultural identity issues surrounding the history of Asheville’s Goombay Festival.


The Waters & Harvey Show – Program list:

Why study history? – Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey explore the work of Carter G. Woodson, the father of African American History, and discuss the new  National Museum of African American History and Culture.

History and Memory – Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey discuss the difference between memory and history.

History and Memory: A French Perspective – A conversation with Dr. Oliver Gloag, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at UNC Asheville, on how race is absent from that nation’s historical memory.

Mining the Past – A conversation Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections, UNC Asheville.  Why is the collection and maintenance of archival data important?

Exploring the Native American Past – A conversation with Dr. Trey Adcock, a member of the Cherokee Nation and an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at UNC Asheville.

The State of Black Asheville/State of Black North Carolina – A conversation with Dr. Dwight Mullen, Professor of Political Science at UNC Asheville and author of the annual State of Black Asheville report.

The State of Black Asheville II – How to build on the community’s strengths – A follow up conversation with Dr. Dwight Mullen, Professor of Political Science at UNC Asheville and author of the annual State of Black Asheville report.

Beneath the Veneer – A discussion about a new documentary that looks at success, opportunity, and equality in America through the eyes of several African-American boys in Asheville. The filmmakers are Diane Tower-Jones and Sekou Coleman.

Training The Next Generation – “It Takes A Village” –  African in its origins, this proverb expresses the way many communities functioned in the past. On this program a conversation with Keynon Lake, the Executive Director of My Daddy Taught Me That, who is working to keep this tradition alive in Asheville.

Civility – A look at the ways some members of our community are working to repair and improve civic discussions. A conversation with high school students Jacob Dowler and Wyatt Gildea, who have started a Social Justice Club at Christ School.

Remembering the Civil War – Understanding its place in our imagination and exploring and documenting North Carolina’s unique and complex history during and after the Civil War. On this program – a conversation with David Winslow, Senior Consultant to the North Carolina Civil War History Center.


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