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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Embodying the University’s commitment to extend Carolina resources to all citizens and community members of North Carolina, the Program in the Humanities & Human Values offers engaging and innovative public seminars and lectures on a variety of topics and themes throughout the year. Our programs draw upon the humanities to nurture a deeper understanding of history and culture, enrich the life of the mind, and contribute to the development of a more humane world. To learn more about our various programs, read the overviews below or click on the links to the left for details. To view a listing of all upcoming programmatic events, visit our Program Calendar.

Adventures in Ideas

Our Adventures in Ideas seminars, held in comfortable venues throughout campus, are one or two-day long events exploring various topics and themes of contemporary or historical interest. During these engaging events, participants learn from and dialogue with world-class faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill and other surrounding universities. Seminars typically include several lectures, a panel discussion, and an optional reception and meal. Seminars might also include access to campus events related to the program theme, such as plays, art exhibits, musical performances, etc. To learn more about Adventures in Ideas and to browse upcoming events, click here.

Humanities in Action

Humanities in Action events are held at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. These 90-minute programs explore contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment and feature interactive question and answer sessions. These compelling lectures have been featured on CSPAN. To learn more about Humanities in Action and to browse upcoming events, click here.

Spotlight on Scholars

Newly incorporated as part of the Humanities Program in 2012, Spotlight on Scholars events, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, are held at Flyleaf Books. These innovative 90-minute programs feature scholars discussing their recent work, such as a new book or groundbreaking research. This offers the community a wonderful opportunity to learn what the University’s scholars are writing and thinking about, and to join in the discussion. To learn more about Spotlight on Scholars and to browse upcoming events, click here.

Alumni Summer College

Alumni Summer College offers the community the chance to come back to Carolina, or experience it for the first time, as they explore the world of ideas throughout an interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, and interactive summer program.  Sponsored in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, participants have the opportunity to engage with UNC-Chapel Hill’s talented faculty in intimate classroom settings. Enjoy a view of the Old Well from your room in Old East and wander across Polk Place, Franklin Street, and other familiar places as you assume your role as a Carolina student. For more information about the Summer College, click here.

 The Adams Lecture

The annual Adams Lecture features outstanding faculty from the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. The 2013 Adams Lecture was delivered by Professor H. Holden Thorp, Provost of Washington University in St. Louis, on Sunday, November 3. For more information, click here.

NC Civic Education Consortium Professional Development Programs for K-12 Teachers

The NC Civic Education Consortium, a program of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities & Human Values, works to extend the resources of the Program and UNC-Chapel Hill at large to North Carolina’s K-12 educators. We offer quality professional development programs which include access to scholars on key topics, innovative lesson plans, and interactive pedagogical training. Events sponsored by the Consortium are free to currently practicing K-12 teachers. To learn more about the Consortium’s upcoming teacher trainings, click here.

In addition to the free events designed by the Consortium for teachers, K-12 educators can also attend Adventures in Ideas seminars at a 50% discount. While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners. To learn more about Adventures in Ideas and to browse upcoming events, click here.

 Download the Summer 2016 Brochure if you prefer to read it off-line.

Would you like to register by mail? You can get the spring registration forms here.

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