Southern Summit on Philanthropy and the Academy

Fall 2019

Sherry Magill, Ph.D.,
Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor 

A photo of Sherry Magill

UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South is partnering with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke to host a series of interdisciplinary, public conversations on persistent and emerging issues in southern communities. Led by the Fall 2019 Keohane Visiting Professor Dr. Sherry Magill, Duke and UNC-CH will connect the principle concerns of philanthropic foundations, higher education institutions, and southern communities during sessions in September and November, 2019 (scroll down for schedule). 

Led by Dr. Sherry Magill, Duke and UNC-CH will explore our most persistent problems, highlight emerging challenges, and examine promising solutions. We will connect the principle concerns of philanthropic foundations, higher education institutions, and southern communities. What are the missed connections and possibilities  between these participants and institutions? What can we build if we work together?

About the Keohane Visiting Professorship

The Keohane Professorship recognizes the remarkable contributions of Dr. Nannerl Keohane during her term as President of Duke University, and the unprecedented level of collaboration she and former UNC Chancellor James Moeser created between these two great institutions.

The award was created in 2004 by then Chancellor Moeser and is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his late wife, Josie, of New York (parents of Spencer, Duke ’98, and Alex, UNC ’01, Robertson) and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
 

Sherry Magill, Ph.D.

Sherry Magill served as President/Executive Director of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation located in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1993-2018.   During her tenure, Magill led the Fund’s court effort to increase the number of the Fund’s trustees and spearheaded development of the Jessie Ball duPont Center, a nationally recognized retrofitting and repurposing of the defunct Haydon Burns Library into a nonprofit and philanthropic center. 

Prior to joining the Fund's staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland's Eastern Shore where she also taught courses in American Studies and on the American South.

She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. She has served as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and is the founding executive director of the Wye Faculty Seminar, a nationally recognized enrichment program for professors teaching in the nation's small colleges.  Dr. Magill is recipient of numerous honors and awards recognizing her philanthropic and community service.

She has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, and currently serves as vice-chair of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Jacksonville (LISC) advisory committee, and as member of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, and Virginia Community Capital boards.

Conveners:

Elizabeth Engelhardt 
Malinda Maynor Lowery 
Wesley Hogan
Thomas S. Rankin 

Confirmed Participants in Philanthropy and Community Capital:

Sherry Magill 
David Dodson, MDC
Bill Bynum, Hope Credit Union, Mississippi

Karl Stauber, Former President and CEO, Danville Regional Foundation
Dawn Shirreffs, Miami Community Foundation 
Paul Tutwiler, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation

Jane Henderson, Virginia Community Capital

 

Confirmed Faculty and Community Partners:

Carolyn Barnes, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Steve Suitts, Emory University
Maria Estorino, Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Maria De Guzman, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH
Lawanda Ravoira, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Alyssa Beck, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Charlene Fletcher, Indiana University

Shannon Nazworth, Ability Housing
Wight Greger, Redevelopment Consultant, WsG and Partners
Joan Alker, Georgetown University
Mark Holmes, UNC-CH 
Laura Bailet, Kaplan Early Learning Company

 

Schedule (subject to change)

All events are open to the public; please note where RSVP is requested

FIRST RESIDENCY (Sept 9-20)

Week One-- Unfinished Business:  The Past and Future of the South

+ Sept 11, 9 am: Public Forum:  25 years in Southern philanthropy 
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill 

  • Presenter: 
    • Sherry Magill

Breakfast provided

+ Sept 11, 4-5:30 pm: Public Panel: The Unfinished Business of the South 
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters: 
    • Sherry Magill 
    • David Dodson

Reception: 5:30-6:30, Hyde Hall

Suggested Resources:

+ Sept 12, 4-5:30 pm Public Panel: Persistent Poverty and Persistent Racism 
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Bill Bynum
    • Karl Stauber
    • Carolyn Barnes 

Suggested Resources:

+ Sept 13, 12-1:30 pm Public Forum: Journalism, Law, and Storytelling 
Center for the Study of the American South, Love House and Hutchins Forum, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters: 
    • Steve Suitts 
    • Hodding Carter
    • Tom Rankin

Lunch Provided—please RSVP to Terri Lorant (tlorant@email.unc.edu)

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Week Two—EMERGING ISSUES: Climate Change and Human Trafficking

+ Sept 17, 4-5:30 pm Public Panel: Vulnerability and Resilience: Place
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Maria Estorino 
    • Dawn Shirreffs
    • Maria DeGuzman

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+ Sept. 19, 4-5:30 pm: Public Panel: Vulnerability and Resilience: People
Morehead Lounge, Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Lawanda Ravoira 
    • Alyssa Beck 
    • Charlene Fletcher

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SECOND RESIDENCY (Nov 11–22)

Week Three—PERSISTENT ISSUES: HOUSING AND HEALTH

+ Tuesday, Nov 12, 4-5:30 pm Public Panel: Housing Policy and Neighborhood Revitalization
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Paul Tutwiler 
    • Shannon Nazworth
    • Jane Henderson
    • Wight Greger

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+ Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 pm Public Panel: Health, Capital, and Philanthropy
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Joan Alker
    • Mark Holmes
    • Lin Hollowell

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+ Thursday, Nov. 14, 12-1:30 pm Public Panel: Southern Community Capital
Center for the Study of the American South, Love House and Hutchins Forum, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters: 
    • Martin Eakes
    • Sherry Magill

Lunch Provided—please RSVP to Terri Lorant (tlorant@email.unc.edu)

 

Week Four—EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE

+ Monday, Nov. 18, 4-5:30 pm Public Panel: Early Childhood Education Makes a Permanent Difference: Northern Neck, VA
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Laura Bailet
    • Steve Suitts

+ Thursday, Nov 21, 7:00 pm Education and The Future: North Carolina to Me
Full Frame Theater, Durham NC

AMERICA TO ME

  • Presenters:
    • Sandra Wilcox Conway
    • Ashley Kazouh
    • Danita Mason-Hogans

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