Douglass Hunt Lectures

Recent Lecture

April 14, 2016: Danielle Allen, PhD – Professor; ethicist; political theorist; Harvard; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics – Discussion Moderator: Andrew Perrin, Director, Carolina Seminars
co-sponsored by: Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Department of Political Science; Department of Sociology; Institute for the Arts and Humanities; The Institute of African American Research (IAAR); Parr Center For Ethics

About the Douglass Hunt Lectures

The Carolina Seminars program organizes the Douglass Hunt lectures. On the occasion of the first Douglass Hunt Lecture, which was held on October 23, 1995, Chancellor Paul Hardin recognized the contributions of Douglass Hunt to the University and to higher education, “Douglass Hunt always was and still remains enormously useful to the University of North Carolina. Indeed, he can’t help being useful because his close association with the University and the trust he earns daily by his life and work and friendships combine to inspire all of us who are influenced by him to redouble our own efforts to be useful to our beloved University.”

Douglass Hunt Biography

Douglass Hunt (1924-2011) was a 1946 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-CH and in 1951 he earned his law degree from Yale University. The following ten years he practiced law with the firm of Gardner, Morrison & Rogers in Washington, D.C. From 1961 to 1965 he served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury, and in 1965 was named the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. He began his tenure at Columbia University in 1969, first serving as Officer of Columbia University, later as Vice President for Finance and as Deputy to the President for Governmental Affairs.

In 1973, Douglass Hunt moved back to Carolina when Chancellor Ferebee Taylor appointed him to the position of Vice Chancellor for Administration where he served until 1980. From 1980 until his partial retirement in 1996, Douglass served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

Douglass Hunt received the C. Knox Massey Award for Distinguished Service and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumnus Award, in addition to other honors.

Past Lecturers

1995: Thomas Wolfe – author and social commentator
1997: Susan Berresford – President of the Ford Foundation
2000: Thomas Berry – geologian and author
2000: Russian classical pianists (in collaboration with the Music Department and Newman Series)
2005: Stephen Murray – Professor of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University

2009: Greg Mortenson – author and philanthropist (in collaboration with the Student Government Distinguished Speaker Series and the Global Education Distinguished Speaker Series)

2010 February-May: ICE Counterpoint: Encounters in Antarctica and the Artic – music performance and art exhibit, Photography: Brooks de Wetter-Smith; Paintings: Nerys Levy; Polar Exploration: Captivating Tales of Polar Explorers – family oriented music performance and photography

2010 October: Elie Wiesel “Against Indifference” – Nobel Laureate, Boston University
2015 April: Panel – Namibian Democracy: 25 Years After Independence –
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Perrin, Director of Carolina Seminars
Gwen Lister, Founding Editor, The Namibian; Chair-Person of the Namibia Media Trust
Cassandra Butts, UNC ’87; Senior Advisor, Millenium Challenge Corporation; US Ambassador-Designate to the Bahamas
Helena Gray, Political Counsellor for the Republic of Namibia Embassy

Pictures from Namibian Democracy: 25 Years After Independence below:


Panelists (left to right, above): Moderator Andrew Perrin, Gwen Lister, Cassandra Butts, and Helena Gray

Picture below: Informal discussion between current and previous UNC student activists
as part of the lecture series.