Monique LaBorde

Administrative Intern

Monique LaBorde

Monique will graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2017 with majors in Southern studies and women’s and gender studies. As part of the Robertson scholarship, Monique is also completing a degree at Duke University in documentary studies. After graduation, Monique will pursue a career in digital storytelling. She aspires to tell stories about the changing American South, women, and the LGBTQ community.

Jason Thrasher

John T. Edge is a James Beard award-winning writer and author of the new book “The Potlikker Papers” (Penguin Press/ 2017). Edge grew up in rural Georgia eating biscuits and drinking sweet tea. He spent his career amassing stories of Southern food and the people who cook it.

Shana Tucker poses with her cello
Lei Rivera Photography

For cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker, the last two years have been a whirlwind. She has been busy promoting her first album "Shine" which received widespread recognition for its original songwriting and distinctive sounds. Tucker recently left her job performing with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas to pursue new opportunities in her independent career.

Courtesy of The Artist

Durham-based musician Kamara Thomas knew she wanted to be an artist at a young age. But she grew up in a Christian fundamentalist household that frowned upon artistic expression.