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.
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.
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.