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Names In Brick and Stone: Histories From the University’s Built Landscape

December 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Anne Whisnant and the students in her Fall 2015 Introduction to Public History class invite you to a December 7th discussion of what Carolina’s landscape of buildings and names can tell us about University and North Carolina history. How can we honestly interpret those histories for all who care about the past and future of the University?

This discussion grows out of community conversations about UNC history stretching back more than two decades. While the former Saunders Hall and the Memorial to Civil War Soldiers of the University (a.k.a “Silent Sam”) have garnered significant attention, what does the larger network of names on our landscape say? Who are the forgotten historical figures that populate our campus’s built environment? What untold stories are built into our brick and stone, and what resources can let us explore them? How can we illuminate the complex, fascinating, but also troubling and frustrating past enshrined in these structures in ways that are relevant to our aims for the present and future?

Not coincidentally, these questions are swirling at many American colleges and universities, which are becoming more aware of their role as carriers of important regional and national histories.

With the assistance of Graduate RA Charlotte Fryar, eight students in Dr. Whisnant’s course have begun to explore these questions through extensive research into the history of a handful of UNC campus buildings and creation of a visualization covering some basic information for over 250 of them!

The project we have been working on is described here:

We invite you to a public presentation of our findings and a debut of our new website on campus history:

Monday, December 7, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Wilson Library Room 504

Please feel free to spread the word! Since the website is envisioned as the beginning of a multiyear effort, we welcome discussion and feedback!


December 7, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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