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When North Meets South: Charlotte's Culture Clash

The Charlotte area's population is increasingly made up of people who were raised in Northern states or other regions of the U.S. Expectations, stereotypes and traditional ways of thinking among both newcomers and native Southerners, sometimes clash. The differences in "style" affect everything from faith... to food. Just how 'Southern' is Charlotte today? How has the region benefited from the influx of new residents from other parts of the country? What can newcomers learn from native Southerners? Can the region effectively "blend" these unique cultures, without losing important characteristics? WFAE's Public Conversation North Meets South: Charlotte's Culture Clash addressed these questions and more. What are your thoughts on the matter? Is there a culture clash?  Panelists: + Michael DeVaul, Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement, YMCA of Greater Charlotte + Pamela Grundy, Ph.D., Independent Historian, Curator of Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor® exhibit at Levine Museum of the New South + H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, Chairman, The Wheeler Company; former General Manager, Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Resources Michael DeVaul and Humpy Wheeler on The Takeaway: As Northerners Move South, Charlotte Sees Big Changes NPR's Bob Mondello talks about film and stereotypes with Scott Graf Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Northerners vs. Southerners Monday February 11, 2008 From UNC Charlotte's David Goldfield - Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History. And from Jim Webb - Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. By Roy Blount, Jr. - Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South.