The Center hosts three exhibitions a year, during the fall, spring, and summer. We welcome proposal submissions from artists on a rolling basis. We are unfortunately unable to accommodate sculpture and other large, non-flat pieces.
The Alfred Dupont Chandler Jr. Lectureship in Southern Business History was established in 1988 to encourage the study of southern economic and business history. The lectureship brings distinguished and innovative scholars to UNC annually to participate in seminars, to consult with faculty and students, and to present a public lecture on a topic related to the South’s business or economic history. (Pre-2011 Chandler Lectures)
The Charleston Area Alumni Lecture in Southern Affairs was endowed by Carolina graduates who live in the vicinity of Charleston, SC. It was their desire to present a speaker to the University community who could discuss current conditions and challenges in our region from a broad perspective. (Pre-2011 Charleston Lectures)
The Center extends the historic role of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the world’s premier institution for research, teaching, and public dialogue on the history, culture, and contemporary experience of the southern United States. In this tradition of regional service and scholarship, the Center sponsors a number of public conferences across a range of southern topics. (Pre-2009 Conferences and Workshops)
Named for James A. Hutchins Jr. (1917–2002), a distinguished Carolina alumnus who spent most of his life fighting world hunger, the Hutchins Lecture Series has been generously funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation since the 2010–11 season. In 2015 it was renamed the James A. and Marguerite P. Hutchins Lecture Series. Speakers are selected with attention to their ability to bring scholarly material to mixed public and academic audiences. Consistent with the Chancellor’s emphasis on outreach and engagement, the Hutchins Lectures bring faculty and students into conversation with community members to discuss issues of common topical interest. Hutchins Lectures are free and open to the public. (Pre-2011 Hutchins Lectures)
Music on the Porch is an outdoor music series held twice a semester at the Center for the Study of the American South. We seek to bring together an eclectic mix of musicians from around the region to play on the Love House porch and participate in a moderated discussion about the ways in which the rich culture of the South influences musicians and their music.
The Southern Film Series is a curated presentation of three films whose themes reflect a particular aspect of the South’s history or culture. For our inaugural 2011-12 program, we focused on the changing personal demographics of the South and featured the films Show Boat, Mississippi Masala, and The Loving Story, in partnership with the Ackland Museum. Stay tuned for more to come.
Taking its name from a passage in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, the Center’s lunchtime presentations of works-in-progress by faculty and senior graduate students provide a scholarly and collegial forum for comments and suggestions by an audience of academic peers.Presentations probe a broad range of southern scholarship, and past topics have included literature as a window on southern life, demographic change in North Carolina, American Indian issues and culture, antebellum student life in Chapel Hill, land use, race relations, struggles at the Mexican border, and capital punishment. These discussions are periodically open to the public.
Our newly launched “What’s Up Down South” brown bag lunch seminars hosted by Bill Ferris, give a forum for emerging scholars from around the world to showcase their work to an academic and public audience.