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Media Advisory

For immediate use

June 14, 2006 -- No. 314

Future home for Southern studies
to be celebrated at UNC event

Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m.-noon
Site of Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Donors and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill representatives will celebrate the upcoming renovation of the historic Love House and construction of an addition, the Hutchins Forum, as the new home for Carolina's Center for the Study of the American South.

The resulting Love House and Hutchins Forum, scheduled to open in April 2007, is expected to enhance the university's longtime role as the world's leading institution for research, teaching and public dialogue on the history, culture and contemporary experience of the South. Private donations to the Carolina First Campaign are funding the project.

Chancellor James Moeser, center director Dr. Harry Watson and key donors Marguerite Hutchins (widow of addition namesake James A. Hutchins Jr.) and Spencie Love (great-granddaughter of activist and house resident Cornelia Phillips Spencer) will speak for five to 10 minutes each, then unveil a sign for the renovated facility. UNC President Erskine Bowles is scheduled to attend.

Refreshments and a house tour, guided by UNC historic preservation specialist Paul Kapp and Chapel Hill architect John Hawkins, will follow.

Carolina mathematics professor James Lee Love and his wife, June Spencer Love, built the house in 1887 for themselves and her mother, Cornelia Phillips Spencer. Spencer is known for ringing the South Building bell upon news in 1875 that the university would reopen after Reconstruction.

The Hutchins Forum will honor the late James A. Hutchins Jr., a student of the late sociologist Howard Odum, who pioneered UNC's excellence in Southern studies when he came to Carolina in 1920. Hutchins applied Odum's lessons in rural economic development around the world from the 1950s to 1970s in his work as an adviser to U.S. embassies.

The center, now operating out of six small offices in Hamilton Hall, was founded in 1992 to enhance and continue the university's leadership in Southern studies. For more information about the center, visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/csas; for more on the house, visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/csas/news/lovehome.html.

Gifts to the project and the center count toward the university's Carolina First Campaign goal of $2 billion. Carolina First is a comprehensive, multi-year, private fund-raising campaign to support Carolina's vision of becoming the nation's leading public university.

Directions: Approaching on Franklin Street from the east (from U.S. 15-501 and Eastgate Shopping Center): The house at 410 E. Franklin is on the left after the intersection with Battle Lane, and before the UNC President's house at Franklin and Raleigh streets. Approaching on Franklin Street from the west and downtown: The house is on the right after Raleigh Street and the UNC President's house.

Media parking: Media may park along Battle Lane.

Interviews: Cake and lemonade will be served after the ceremony. Donors, family members, Chancellor Moeser, center director Dr. Harry Watson and others are expected to be available for interviews.

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