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For current events and programs at CSAS, please see the events calendar.

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

Named for the eminent business historian Alfred Dupont Chandler Jr., who began his graduate career at UNC-Chapel Hill before teaching at Harvard and MIT, this conversation was established in 1988 to celebrate the study of southern business and economic history. Recent conversations have examined personal stories of immigration and entrepreneurship, the complex relationship between slavery and capitalism, and the hidden costs of cheap food and unregulated labor conditions.

The Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs

This series was generously endowed by UNC alumni and friends living in the vicinity of Charleston, South Carolina to explore timely issues and challenges in the American South. Recent conversations have focused on the legacy of the Voting Rights Act, black pioneers in higher education, and 21st-century movements for social justice.

The James A. and Marguerite P. Hutchins Lectures

Made possible by the Hutchins Family Foundation, this series commemorates the lives of two remarkable North Carolinians who traveled the world, fought world hunger, and cared deeply about the future of the American South. Recent conversations have addressed Appalachian storytelling traditions, connections between free markets and desegregated schools, and challenges for rural health care.

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)

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.