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For current events and programs at CSAS, please see the Calendar. For an archive of the Center’s past events and programs, please click here.

Art @ the Center

The Center hosts two exhibitions a year. We welcome proposal submissions from artists on a rolling basis. We are unfortunately unable to accommodate sculpture and other large, non-flat pieces.

The Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History

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 Lecture in Southern Affairs

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)

Conferences and Workshops

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)

The James A. and Marguerite P. Hutchins Lectures

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

Music on the Porch is an outdoor music series held at the Center for the Study of the American South. We bring together an eclectic mix of musicians from around the region to play on the Love House & Hutchins Forum porch.

Tell About the South

The Center’s lunchtime series showcases informal presentation from faculty, senior graduate students, and community members that focus on southern scholarship and specialized knowledge of regional topics.

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, struggle at the Mexican border, and capital punishment.

To attend, please send an RSVP to as refreshments are provided. Please check the events calendar to see when the next Tell About the South presentation is.

What’s Up Down South

“What’s Up Down South” is hosted by Bill Ferris and gives a forum for emerging scholars from around the world to showcase their work to an academic and public audience.