Visionaries in southern communities and across UNC’s campus have long worked toward a better region.
Southern Futures seeks to be a nexus, catalyzing new work and connecting people across the University and beyond that care about the region.
Partners on and off campus share ideas, resources, and expertise to build a future where all southern communities can flourish.
Bridging the College of Arts & Sciences, University Libraries, and Carolina Performing Arts, Southern Futures sparks fresh dialogue, funds groundbreaking scholarship and artistic projects, and encourages new voices on campus. By both celebrating southern cultures and communities—and creatively engaging the challenges faced by those cultures and communities—students, researchers, community members, and artists chart paths forward.
The College of Arts & Sciences
As the largest unit on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. Our mission is to create knowledge and discover innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, to educate outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, and to encourage faculty, staff and students to contribute meaningfully to North Carolina, the nation and the world.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries system is consistently ranked among the top university libraries in North America and is one of the premier libraries in the South. The system includes Davis Library, the central collection for humanities, social science, and business research; the Wilson Special Collections Library, home to rare and unique materials; R.B. House Undergraduate Library, dedicated to the learning needs of undergraduate students; the Health Sciences and Law libraries; the Kenan Science Library; and specialized subject libraries.
Carolina Performing Arts
The mission of Carolina Performing Arts is to spark curiosity, inspiring all members of our community to discover and more fully engage with the world. We collaborate with dynamic and compelling artists from across the globe to create novel, mission-driven performing arts experiences in partnership with our community. We also open our venues to others to explore, create, and celebrate their own work.
The Center for the Study of the American South
The Center for the Study of the American South is an academic hub that seeks to nurture rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions for a diverse and changing South.
Humanities for the Public Good
Humanities for the Public Good is a four-year, $1.5-million initiative intended to recognize and catalyze publicly engaged scholarly activity among humanists and humanistic social scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill. Initiated by Terry Rhodes, now Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, with support from the Institute for the Arts & Humanities and funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative offers grants and programmatic opportunities primarily aimed at graduate students and faculty in partnership with cultural institutions within and beyond the academy.
The University of North Carolina Press, a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general-interest books and journals, operates simultaneously in a business environment and in the world of scholarship and ideas. The Press advances the University’s triple mission of teaching, research, and public service by publishing first-rate books and journals for students, scholars, and general readers. The Press has earned a distinguished reputation by publishing excellent work from the nation’s leading scholars, writers, and intellectuals and by presenting that work effectively to wide-ranging audiences.