Kathleen Siobhan Hudson
May 2015 - Kate thesis,
“‘Fixin’ To Tell’: Cultural Preservation, Multiculturalism, and a Delicate Double Commitment in Appalshop’s ‘Insider’ Activism.”
was given the Lucille and Motee Daniels Award for the Best Thesis in Southern Studies for the class of 2015!
Kate receives her Masters degree from The University of Mississippi
May 10, 2014
Kate and Paige Prather
Kate at Barnard Observatory
Home of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Kate and Charles on campus
Kate and Charles moved to Oxford, MS in early August 2012. Kate began graduate classes in the Southern Cultural Studies program at Ole Miss shortly thereafter. Charles got a job at Square Books, a very cool bookstore on The Square in downtown Oxford. Below are some emails I've received from Kate.
I didn't read the article below (because of course I don't have time to do anything besides my school work) but i assume it's informative since it's in the NY times.
Anyway, I'm really excited about going and I'll probably even eat some barbecued goat! Be sure the watch the video that is linked from the article…It's from the 70's but I'm really hoping there will still by dancing like that! Also, make sure you check out the other link to photos so you can see the huge iron things they cook the goat in.
One of my professors did a blog post about a little presentation/cooking I had to do about a book we read…thought you'd like to see it!
This blog is from the Southern Foodways Alliance, which is part of the Ole Miss Southern Cultural Studies department.
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Barnard Observatory - Home of the Southern Cultural Studies Program
Layfayette County Court House on The Square in Oxford, MS
Square Books - Charles works here Historic Marker on The Square
Kate and Charles' house
Kate has finisned her 1st semester and has a 4.0 GPA!
Kate and Charles in Berlin! - 2011
Kate's blog http://schonkundschafter.wordpress.com/
Kate and Charles' apartment in Berlin
So far things are going great! It's really, really amazing here. There are trees and wild flowers and weeds (nice ones) growing everywhere. The sidewalks are enormous and everyone eats outside. Everyone rides a bike and there are dogs everywhere without leashes! really, everyone is riding around town with their unleashed dogs just chasing along behind them - they don't look back or anything, they just know the dogs are fine. It's like that with kids too, parents just let their kids walk way ahead of them or way behind and no one worries about anything it seems! It's so nice!!
The Landwehrkanal runs right by where we're staying and people sit on the ground all along it having picnics or drinking beer or reading, etc. The weather is really nice, although still kind of cold at night. Everything just seems so warm and welcoming and friendly and things really aren't very expensive.
We responded to a bunch of ads on craigslist today about places for rent and are waiting to hear back. I'll let you know how that goes. We're still really tired because of the time difference (I guess) and we're just taking it slow. Mostly we've been walking around A LOT! This morning (around 12, actually since the time thing is messing us up) we found a little organic grocery store (Mom: it's the one from the food blog by that Durham lady) and got a loaf of bread and a package of salami and the BEST yogurt i've ever tasted (which comes in a glass jar) and something we thought was butter but turned out to be something very nasty (yeast, maybe?) and a huge bottle of sparkling water all for 6 euros! We sat out on the sidewalk to eat it. Very nice!
There are parks everywhere! and people from everywhere! People are cooking out and playing bocci and playing music and just being happy! We even saw some people take a table and chairs from their apartment and set it up on the wide sidewalk on a bridge crossing the canal to drink a bottle of wine! There doesn't seem to be any authority types telling anyone what they can or can't do and everyone just seems really free. Also, there are TONS of babies! everywhere!
We found a place to live!
It's in Friedrichshain, Muggelstrasse 7, and it's pretty great. It's on the 4th (top) floor a pre-war building and our room has double glass doors (surrounded by windows) that lead out to a balcony. Very lucky! The apartment is a good size and we'll be living with an Australian guy, an Australian couple, and a French girl. We went over there for dinner tonight (the guy who runs the apartment cooked us dinner) and met the Australian couple. This guy is the caretaker for a few of the apartments in one section of the building and it's sort of like we live in all of them...meaning, it's sort of communal, though the top one is really ours. But the people in the group of apartments do things together like have brunches in the courtyard and watch movies together (projected on a bed sheet on the roof!). There's an amazing attic space at the top of the stairs just beyond our room that is really old and spooky and beautiful and you can climb up a ladder to get onto the roof. Once you're on the roof you can walk "for miles" because all the buildings are connected and similar enough in height to walk from one to the next. We're moving in on wednesday morning.
Tomorrow we're going to have Easter brunch in Neukolln at Chris's (Milo's dad) friend Suzy's little restaurant. I'm pasting the info about that at the end of this email.
We went to the Berlin Wall today, briefly. We haven't been doing much of anything touristy so far, mostly just walking around and around looking at things, sitting in parks and trying to understand the layout. We've mostly been concerned with finding a place to stay before our time was up at the hostel. Also, we've been really jet lagged, something that i haven't really experienced so badly before, and it's made us really tired. We're tired but then get extra energy really late when trying to get to sleep and then we sleep really late the next day. We're trying to fight it.
We've been eating really delicious food! It's actually pretty cheap (usually that's where all my money goes...) and there's every kind of food you can imagine. We've had Indian food, pizza, falafel, Frenchy-Italiany food, and there's this amazing place right by our hostel where you can get half a (very delicious) chicken for just 2 euro! We've been drinking beer too, but not much. it cost less than one euro if you get it at a corner store and I'm trying to like it but I'm just not that into beer...maybe I'll find one I like cause I guess you're supposed to like beer when you're in Germany.
Alright, I'm off to try to sleep now!
I love you guys and miss you!! I wish you could be here too!
To answer some of your questions:
The balcony overlooks the street, not the courtyard.
The rent is way less than we'd be paying for a similar situation (though I doubt a similar situation could even be found) in NYC. here is graffiti everywhere in Berlin, it's a big part of the aesthetic of the place. It's kind of amazing actually.
From what we can tell it's perfectly safe walking around. We actually haven't been taking the train at all, just walking everywhere so we can see more and understand the layout better and so far there are always people around (like in NYC) and it feels safe as a result. Haven't heard otherwise either.
The people living in our immediate apartment don't really speak German but some of the people in the other apartments are from Germany. Our German is, so far, pretty nonexistent. unfortunately, judging by everyone we've talked to, it seems that it's not that easy to learn...everyone here speaks English and once they realize you're not a German speaker they just speak to you in English so it's hard to get the chance to practice much but we're still looking into taking language classes so hopefully we'll still be able to learn.
The Easter brunch was great!
We shared the lemon poppy seed waffles with blueberry sauce and butter and the chorizo with green eggs and goat cheese cream. I've been daydreaming about those waffles ever since!
Our internet connection is sort of on-again-off-again here at the apartment right now. It comes from one of the other apartments downstairs and sometimes we get it in out apartment (on the top floor) just fine, and other times we can't get it at all. Tomorrow I'm going to talk to the apartment manager about it and I'm sure he'll figure something out (he's very nice and helpful!).
Things are going great. We love our new neighborhood and apartment!
Oh, I changed to a wordpress blog (instead of tumblr). it's at:
There isn't much there right now but i'm working on adding a new post with pics from our apartment. Hopefully i'll get that done tomorrow too!
Love and miss you Dad! More tomorrow!!
Easter Sunday Brunch10:30am - 5pm
English muffin, poached eggs, roasted green asparagus, parma prosciutto or poached salmon & sauce hollandaise 10,50
Cheesy Sweet Potato Bake with fried ham and eggs 8,50
Hash Muchacho: Grilled chorizo, roasted potatoes, peppers, onions & black beans topped "green eggs" and goat cheese-sour cream 8,50
Lemon-Poppy seed Waffles with blueberry sauce and whipped cream 7,50
Fried Crispy Polenta with butter and maple syrup 7,-
Honey Roasted Onion Tart served with Frisee-Radish Salad 8,-
Braised Spring Lamb with almond-mint pesto and mashed potatoes 14,50
Apricot Bellini with Grand Marnier
Ruby Smash: Grapefruit Juice, Strawberries, Soda with or without rosemary infused gin
NYC Style Bloody Mary
Cranberry-Mint Iced Tea
Things are going great.
I love our new apartment!
Our room is pretty sparse now that we've put our few belongings away but we're slowly collecting things to put on the walls (like an old religious postcard I found and a picture of North Carolina we took out of a NY Times article about the tornadoes).
Right now it's just us and an Australian guy living here but on Sunday (May 1) the rest of our roommates will move in - Australian couple and a the French girl.
The brunch at Chris's friend, Suzy's, restaurant was really nice. We ate amazing food (we split chorizo with potatoes and green eggs and chevre cream and lemon poppy seed waffles with loads of melted butter and blueberry sauce --mmmm!). Suzy was really busy, but we did get to talk a little and we're planning on getting together with her more (when she's not working).
We met up with some friends of friends from Chapel Hill last night and went to a really amazing movie theater called Arsenal. We saw Jacquot De Nantes. It was made by Agnes Varda. She makes experimental documentaries and is wonderful. This one was about her late husband (also a French filmmaker) and it was really beautiful. There seem to be lots of movie theaters here that show really amazing films/documentaries (old, new, well-known, obscure, etc) all the time.
The Chapel Hill people told us about the different things you have to do to get different types of visas (for example, a 6 month student visa) so we're looking into that. One of them is taking classes at some universities here and it's soooo cheap (220 euro for a semester PLUS once you prove residency - show them you're living somewhere or that you have a student visa - they give you 100 euro back! Plus when you're enrolled at a school you get a free subway card which you can use all the time - not just to and from classes). We're working on exploring the different schools/courses although it can be confusing because, for the most part, their web sites are not in English.
Also, we're looking into taking German at this place called The Volkhoschule (kind of like a community college). If I understand right it only costs about 100 euro for 4 weeks of classes that meet 5 days a week (which is WAY cheaper than the language schools) and they're supposed to be really great classes. the only catch is that they're intended for people who are immigrating to Germany and need to learn the language to work, etc (and for them, I think, it's free) but we did read that if there is space in a class you can pay (the 100 euro) and they'll let you take it.
It's confusing and bureaucratic, along with the visa stuff, but we're working on it. From what we've heard everything is very confusing and involves long waits in offices and repeated trips to places that take forever to get to but that once you go through it all they're pretty liberal about giving out visas. We still haven't made any kind of decisions about if/if not we're going to be here for more than 3 months but we figure we might as well get a visa now, if we can, just in case.Not much planned for this weekend, as it is Eins Mai (May Day) and that means big riots here. Although it seems like you're supposed to witness/partake as part of the Berlin experience (apparently, people come from all over Europe to join in), we’re planning on staying out of it. I have become completely obsessed by reading all about it, though. The history of how it got to be a traditional day of riots is pretty interesting and has to do with the squatter culture here (also very interesting) which is very political and also really sad because (especially in our neighborhood) people have made homes in buildings that were abandoned (and often times with unknown ownership, since before the wall fell it was Communist here and the government owned it all) after the wall fell and in many cases these people fixed up and saved these beautiful old buildings that were falling apart and then eventually someone buys the building or it comes to light (after going through the court systems, i think) who actually owns the building and then all the people get kicked out and they don't go easily. There was an eviction of a big squat in our neighborhood in January that ended with huge protests/riots and 2500 police forcefully removing everyone from the building. Kind of unrelated: we've come across a few little villages made up of camping trailer-type homes, usually all surrounded by a fence within a large park (in Gorlitzer park, for example) and I don't really know anything about it but I assume they are also squatting...it's just really interesting how people claim places for themselves here and how no one kicks them out (for a while at least - but, in most cases, a long while it seems).
Ok! love you guys!!
Everyone please kiss/hug the dogs (scout, daisy, AND zoe), cats, and children (Jude, Lilly, and Mom's babies) for me!!!
(I miss Scout SOOO bad it's near unbearable!)
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CFS Graduating Class of 2003
Kate - 8 years old
Photo by Amy Milne
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