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An update on IAH spring programming and events

March 20, 2020 | Sophia Ramos

As you all are aware, the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 has ushered in a wave of important precautions outlined by the University and our state and federal governments. Following these guidelines, the Institute will be adjusting its spring semester programming and events.

It is our top priority to continue supporting our faculty programs virtually. The IAH Faculty Programs, Faculty Fellowship cohort, and Academic Leadership cohort will continue to meet via video conference for the duration of the academic year.

The following spring semester events have been postponed until further notice. We will announce new dates once they are determined:

  • IAH Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Symposium with Dr. Ruth Zambrana (University of Maryland)
  • 2020 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship with Claire McCaskill (U.S. Senator 2007-2018)
  • 2020 Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies with Dr. Ronald Judy (University of Pittsburgh) will be held via Zoom videoconference on March 31 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Here is the link to join.

Following the UNC System directive to significantly reduce campus operations and services, Hyde Hall will be closed to the public. However, our staff and faculty leaders will still be available via email and phone. All external events booked in Hyde Hall within the next 30 days are expected to reschedule. Per UNC guidelines, any event with over 50 attendees is restricted. If you believe your event warrants an exception to these rules, please contact IAH Director Andrew Perrin directly at 

Here at the Institute, creating community is at the core of what we do. We know Hyde Hall is a home for conversation and collaboration amongst Carolina’s most valuable intellectual resource — its faculty. As we navigate this new reality, we hope to extend the conversations that take place in Hyde Hall into a digital space. Our hope is to utilize video conferencing for talks and lectures, to provide space for art and intellectual discussion on our blog, and to continue to improvise ways for us to think together while we are physically apart. For faculty members who are creating artistic or humanistic works related to the coronavirus, the Institute would be pleased to share this work— email us for more information.

In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the Institute’s initiatives. We hope to see you all soon.

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities

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