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Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies To Be Topic of Lecture April 7

Download event flier (pdf)And They Talked—Always They Talked: 215 Years of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies
2011 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture
Thursday, April 7, 2011
5 p.m. Reception, exhibit viewing, and a cappella performance by The Loreleis | North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. Lecture | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

The history and lore of the two oldest student organizations at UNC-Chapel Hill will be the topic of a lecture by UNC alumnus Kevin Cherry on April 7, in the Wilson Special Collections Library. “And They Talked—Always They Talked: 215 Years of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies” will be the 2011 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture.

The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. A reception, a viewing of the exhibit From Di-Phis to Loreleis: A History of Student Organizations at UNC, and an a cappella performance by the all-female group The Loreleis will precede the talk at 5 p.m. in the North Carolina Collection Gallery.

Founded in 1795 and still active today, the Di-Phi debating and literary societies have counted some of UNC’s most illustrious alumni among their membership, including author Thomas Wolfe.

Cherry (B.S. 1988, M.A. 1993, M.S.L.S. 1995, Ph.D. 2010) was president of the Di-Phi Joint Senate in 1988. He has received numerous awards for service to UNC, including induction into the Order of the Old Well, the Frank Porter Graham Graduate Honorary Society, and the Order of the Golden Fleece. He is senior program officer with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

“And They Talked–Always They Talked” is presented in conjunction with the exhibit From Di-Phis to Loreleis: A History of Student Organizations at UNC, on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of Wilson Library through May 31, 2011.

The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Collection, the University Archives and Records Management Services, and Friends of the Library.

The Gladys Hall Coates University Lecture honors the late Coates, an avid university historian who, with her husband, Albert Coates, founded UNC’s Institute of Government, now the School of Government.

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