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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

General Information

Our Programs | Adventures in Ideas SeminarsHumanities in Action and Spotlight on Scholars | Hold the Date Policy | Lodging | Mailing List | Help Us Go Green!

For more information about our different series of programs, please visit the “Programs” page.

Adventures in Ideas Seminars

Registration and Confirmation: Pre-registration is required for all Adventures in Ideas seminars. You may register online or may call us at 919-962-1544 to register. Online registration closes two days before the start of each seminar. For last minute registrations, contact us by phone or e-mail. Registrants will be mailed a post card confirmation after their payment has been processed (generally within two to five business days). In addition, two to three weeks before the start of each seminar, participants will receive a packet that includes directions to the seminar, an agenda, and any background readings suggested by the speakers.

Meals and Activities: Each seminar usually includes an optional meal. You will be on your own for other meals, however, and are free to sample any of Chapel Hill’s many fine restaurants. Some seminars may include a film or play in the evenings.

Being on or near the University’s campus, you will have the opportunity to see the collections of the Ackland Art Museum, visit the Morehead Planetarium, take a walking tour of campus, or attend one of the University’s frequent musical or artistic peformances. For a listing of UNC events, see the UNC calendar at

Scholarships and Discounts

General Alumni Association Sponsorship and Discounts: Adventures in Ideas seminars are co-sponsored by the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina. Membership in the G.A.A. is open to all friends of the University as well as former students. One of the benefits of membership is a $15 discount on the registration for one seminar per semester. For information about membership in the G.A.A., or about any of the travel and enrichment programs sponsored by the G.A.A., please call 919-962-1208, write to the G.A.A. at Post Office Box 660, Chapel Hill NC 27514-0660, or visit the G.A.A. Web site at

Student Scholarships: Select seminars have free or reduced tuition for UNC-CH undergraduate students. Please email or call 919.962.1544 to find out if spaces are available in a particular program. UNC-CH graduate students may attend for $35 based on availability. Please email or call us directly to register as a student.

Of the following three types of discounts/scholarships, only ONE may be taken per seminar:

First Time Participants Receive a Discount: Participants attending their first Adventures in Ideas seminar are entitled to a $30 discount on the tuition cost for that seminar.

Three or More Seminar Discount: Each participant who registers for three or more Adventures in Ideas seminars is entitled to deduct $20 from the cost of each seminar. Please note, however, that if you cancel one or more of these three seminars, the tuition for the remaining seminar or seminars IF FEWER THAN THREE, will revert to the regular price. Your refund will reflect the adjusted price.

K-12 and Community College Teachers Discounts & Stipends

A discount of 50% of the tuition is offered for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. In addition, teachers who attend an Adventures in Ideas seminar can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund! Please see our page for teachers for more information.

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a full scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel events or meals in case of insufficient enrollment. If an event is cancelled, the full tuition amount will be refunded. Refunds for tuition (minus a $30 administrative fee for each registration) will be made for cancellations made at least one business day before a seminar. Refunds for optional meals will be made in full for cancellations made by noon, two business days prior to a seminar.

Parking: Convenient parking will be made available for all seminars as much as possible. If a location on campus is not immediately adjacent to convenient parking, we will inform you in the preparatory materials sent two to three weeks before a seminar. While all buildings are handicap-accessible, please let us know if you have difficulty walking or with stairs so that we can arrange parking for you.

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Humanities in Action and Spotlight on Scholars

Registration and Confirmation: Pre-registration is preferred for Humanities in Action and Spotlight on Scholar events. Unless an event is sold out, online registration for Humanities in Action and Spotlight on Scholars events will be open until the day of the event. Please call us at 919-962-1544 to register on the same day of the event.

Meals and Activities: There are plenty of dining options in the same shopping center as Flyleaf Books, such as The Root Cellar, Hunam Chinese Restaurant, Kitchen, and Lucha Tigre.

Tuition and Discounts: Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door. Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program. Pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). Registration must be received 5 business days before the event to receive the GAA discount tuition. If you take the GAA discount and are not a GAA member, you will be asked to join or pay the difference before the event. To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds for tuition (minus a $5 administrative fee for each registration) will be made for cancellations made at least one business day before a seminar.

Parking: Available in the shopping center lot surrounding Flyleaf Books.

Student Attendance: UNC-CH undergraduate students with a valid ID can attend for free.

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Hold the Date Policy

We are willing to put a tentative hold on a place for you in any of our seminars. However, if we have not received your registration and payment three weeks before the date of the seminar, we will release your hold without notification. If the seminar is sold out at that time, your space will be given to a participant on the waiting list.

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Lodging is not provided for Adventures in Ideas seminars; however the Triangle offers a variety of lodging options, prices, and amenities. Because the Humanities Program does not guarantee availability or rates, we suggest that you make reservations at the hotel or motel of your choice as soon as you decide to attend a seminar. As you make your plans, please remember that athletic and cultural events at UNC frequently overlap with our seminars. To check about such events, you may wish to visit the University’s online calendar at

If you have difficulty making hotel reservations, please call us at 919-962-1544 so we can assist you.

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Mailing List

We send the brochure to seminar participants, to people who request it, and to teachers in North Carolina public schools. If you receive two brochures, please share a brochure with a friend. Write or call us if you’d like to change your address or remove a name from or add a name to the mailing list.

For more information about the seminars contact the Humanities Program office at 919-962-1544. Additional information, including seminar locations and maps, will be provided upon registration.

We also have a monthly electronic newsletter with interviews from faculty and participants, and listings of local humanities-related events.  To subscribe, please send an email to To review past issues of our e-news, click here.

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Help Us Go Green!

Due to increasing financial and environmental challenges, we hope you will partner with us in reducing our carbon footprint and streamlining our registration process. Our goal during the coming year is to shift our registration and communications as much as possible away from printed paper copies and onto the Internet.

Please assist us by emailing the information below to to receive brochure information in the future by electronic format only. We promise our electronic communication will be infrequent and your email address will be kept entirely confidential.

Please send your:

Name, Mailing Address, and Preferred Email Address to

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity.

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