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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alumni Summer College June 13-16: Old and New: Studying the South in the 21st Century

Come learn from world-class scholars and teachers about the histories and cultures of the American South from June 13-16!

This year’s Alumni Summer College is organized in conjunction with the Center for the Study of the American South, the General Alumni Association, the Ackland Art Museum, and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. This year’s theme is Old and New: Studying the South in the 21st Century.

The college kicks off with a presentation by Bill Ferris on the Mississippi Blues, and features lectures on the role of memory in Southern identity, the role of race in the region’s past and future, and talks by Center Director Jocelyn Neal on country music, and American Studies chair Bernie Herman on outsider art. Participants will discuss the summer reading for incoming first-year students, Toni Morrison’s Home, and hear from Joe Flora about the special place of home in Southern Literature. The College also includes walking tours, a visit to the Ackland, the Southern Folklore Collection, Wilson Library, and a farewell BBQ at Love House with live music! 

View the agenda for the College.

Accommodation options include the chance to stay at a historic dorm on UNC’s campus or hotels nearby.

  • Dormitory option: Old East is a historic three-story dormitory building with views out to the quad and the historical Old Well. Rooms are sparsely furnished, and bathrooms are located in the hallways. A laundry and vending machines are on site. Participants may wish to bring a reading lamp and additional pillows in addition to purchasing the linen packet. The cost is $165 for the entire program.
  • Carolina Inn: The Inn fills up quickly, so book early if you wish to stay at this historic hotel adjacent to UNC’s campus. Rooms start at $172 per night.
  • The Siena Hotel: Rooms are available at the Siena for $129 per night.
  • Hampton Inn Suites: To book a room at the Hampton Inn & Suites for $82 per night, participants must contact the hotel by May 13, 2013. To take advantage of this offer, call 919-403-8700 and mention group code “ASC.”

Program tuition: Tuition for this four-day Alumni Summer College is $549. GAA members receive a $30 discount ($519). See our paper registration form for details.

Visit our secure registration page to register online.

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