2007-2008 Student Body President, Eve Carson, believed strongly that one of the most fun and valuable parts of the Carolina experience was attending lectures on campus. This core belief was a part of her Student Body President platform, her orientation welcome to incoming first-years, and a personal philosophy – Eve loved attending lectures. Thus, in her platform, Eve said she wanted to “create an endowment for speakers who will enrich and challenge the entire student body. This endowment will be used to develop a renowned speaker series that can draw the sort of speakers that often attend private schools.”
Eve’s vision was first established as the Distinguished Speaker Series, a special project of UNC Student Government. The series was later renamed in her honor and memory as the Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series. Since its creation, the lecture series has hosted distinguished persons such as Elizabeth Edwards, Greg Mortenson, Fatou Bensouda, Mika Brzezinski, Robert Gibbs and Jonathan Reckford.
The lecture series continues to operate as a completely student-run and student-led effort with the primary goal of bringing to UNC nationally and internationally renowned figures—men and women who have distinguished themselves through their ideals and accomplishments—for the purpose of stimulating a campus-wide dialogue about important contemporary issues.
The Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series is sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and various other UNC departments and student groups.
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