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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adventures in Ideas Weekend Seminars

DSC00194Adventures in Ideas is our flagship program. We have hosted over 850 seminars since 1979, educating and entertaining over 55,000 participants. These sessions feature in-depth explorations of topics drawing on the latest scholarship and the most dynamic faculty from UNC and other area institutions. Built around a single topic, theme, approach, or sometimes purposely eclectic, these seminars help us appreciate the depth and interwoven nature of knowledge.

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Spring 2016 (click titles for detailed descriptions)

People, Cities, and Urban Life around the Globe
February 6, 2016

American Christianity from Colonial Times to the Culture Wars
Featuring Molly Worthen
February 12-13, 2016

Music and Modern African American Culture
In collaboration with the Carolina Performing Arts presentation of The Count Basie Orchestra
February 20, 2016

Visualizing and Mapping the Ancient World Then and Now
Featuring Richard Talbert
February 27, 2016

Emotions: A Pathway to Truth?
The E. Maynard Adams seminar
April 2, 2016

Prejudices in Print: Reading European Antisemitism
The Uhlman Family Seminar
April 8-9, 2016

Churchill’s Ideas, Actions, and Historical Legacy
April 16, 2016

Jesus Before the Gospels: Distorted Memory and the Historical Jesus
Featuring Bart Ehrman
April 22-23, 2016

The Bard at the Barre
In Collaboration with the Carolina Ballet production of Macbeth
April 29-30, 2016



Download the Spring 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.

*If a seminar is marked “sold out,” we urge you to sign up for the waiting list as a place may become available. Also, if there is a significant demand, we may repeat the seminar and you will have the opportunity to register first. To be placed on a waiting list for a sold out seminar, please send an email with your name(s), address, and daytime phone number to or contact us by phone at (919) 962-1544.

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