Hyde Hall is home to the Institute for Arts and Humanities, which provides support and training for faculty through a variety of programs. The decision to place a new building for the institute in McCorkle Place, the oldest part of campus, symbolized the institute's centrality to nurturing the historical commitment to the arts and humanities at Carolina. Completed in 2002, Hyde Hall was funded entirely through private donations. Conversation, a sculpture by North Carolina artist and Carolina alumnus Thomas Sayre, sits in the garden at Hyde Hall. The stone work symbolizes the interdisciplinary dialogues that take place at the institute.
The building is named in honor of Barbara Rosser Hyde (UNC—Chapel Hill class of 1983) and her husband, J. R. "Pitt" Hyde (class of 1965). Both are committed philanthropists for civic and educational programs in their hometown of Memphis and at Carolina.
Date Established: 2003
Date Range: 2003 – Present