On Tuesday, immigrants from all corners of the globe gathered to discuss their common roots in business in North Carolina.
The Center for the Study of the American South hosted their signature 2018 Chandler Conversation in Southern Business History. Panelists Utibe Udoh, Uli Bennewitz, Perla Saitz and Amit Singh were guided by moderator LaChaun Banks to discuss their stories as immigrant entrepreneurs who established themselves as businesspeople in North Carolina.
The Chandler Lecture was established in honor of historian Alfred D. Chandler to celebrate his interests in business, economics and sociology. The topic of immigration and entrepreneurship was chosen in order to highlight the unsung heroes of the American South.
Patrick Horn, who serves as the associate director for the Center for the Study of the American South, was responsible for organizing this event this year. While preserving the legacy of Chandler, Horn also sought out to transform this event into an open conversation.
“This year we’ve shifted to more of a conversation format, so instead of a person standing in front of a podium, we have a conversation between panelists and the moderator,” Horn said. “That reflects a broader shift of our center towards conversations which we think are a little more dynamic and hopefully a little more interesting than a person talking at the audience for 50 minutes.”