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Albert Coates, North Carolina’s Good Government Man, Topic of New Book, Nov. 8 Lecture


Lecture by Howard Covington
Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
Knapp-Sanders Building
School of Government
5 p.m. Reception and book signing, Atrium
5:45 p.m. Program, Wicker Classroom
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,  (919) 962-4207

The Institute of Government at UNC and its founder and first director Albert Coates will be the topic of a talk Nov. 8 by author Howard Covington.

The free public program, sponsored by the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library, Friends of the Library, and the UNC School of Government, will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Wicker Classroom of the Knapp-Sanders Building at the School of Government. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the Atrium.

Covington’s talk coincides with the publication by the North Carolina Collection of his book The Good Government Man: Albert Coates and the Early Years of the Institute of Government, which is being distributed by the UNC Press. The book follows Coates’s life through his student days at UNC, his law education at Harvard, and his return to UNC, where he founded the Institute of Government in 1931 as a place to provide continuing education to North Carolina state and local public officials.

The Institute (now the School of Government) has grown to become the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States.

The Good Government  Man depicts Coates’s striking originality and his sometimes exasperating determination. Among the notable figures making appearances in the book are novelist Thomas Wolfe; U.S. senators Frank Porter Graham and Sam Ervin, Jr.;  state supreme court justice Susie Sharp; F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover; and every North Carolina governor from Locke Craig to Terry Sanford.

Copies of The Good Government Man will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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