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Limited seating is available for this event. The panel discussion will be streamed online and displayed in Galleries A and B for overflow traffic.
Join panelists Woody Durham, Jack Hilliard, and Betty Ray McCain for a panel discussion lead by Robert Anthony, Curator of the North Carolina Collection and Stephen J. Fletcher, Photographic Archivist of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There will be many special guests attending this event including Morton's family. The panel will discuss many aspects of Hugh Morton’s photography and his life’s work. The discussion will be followed by a gallery tour of the exhibition and reception.
Woody Durham was “The Voice of the Tar Heels” for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football and basketball teams from 1971 to 2011. Durham began his broadcasting career at the age of 16, working at a radio station in his hometown of Albemarle, N.C. While an undergraduate at UNC, Durham served as Sports Director of WUNC-TV. Upon graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1963, Durham joined WFMY-TV in Greensboro, where he worked for 13 years and served as Sports Director. His broadcast career also includes four years at WPTF-TV in Raleigh. Durham was named North Carolina Sportscaster of the year 12 times and the National Football Foundation bestowed Durham with its Chris Schenkel Award in 2011.
Jack Hilliard is a 1963 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. He was a director/producer for WFMY-TV in Greensboro for 42 years, retiring in July, 2005. Hilliard’s friendship with Hugh Morton dates back to 1958, when he telephoned Morton to offer him a compliment on his photography. Since 2008 he has worked on the Hugh Morton collection in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, helping to identify photographs and writing posts for the blog, “A View to Hugh.”
Betty Ray McCain served as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources from 1993 to 2001. Active in state politics, she climbed the ranks within the North Carolina State Democratic Party to become its first female chair in 1976. She served as chair of Jim Hunt’s gubernatorial campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and managed his run for U.S. Senate in 1984. McCain was a member of UNC Board of Governors for 16 years. In 2009 she was the recipient of the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the state for public service. McCain was inducted into The North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.