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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adventures in Ideas Weekend Seminars

Adventures 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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Fall 2014 (click on the title for a description)

Understanding the Cold War & Its Aftermath
In collaboration with Burning Coal Theatre Company
September 6, 2014

Italy during World War II
Featuring Gerhard Weinberg
September 13, 2014

Elections, Politics, & Power Struggles from Ancient Rome to Modern North Carolina
September 20, 2014

From Talking to Talkin’ Tar Heel
In collaboration with the NC Museum of History
September 27, 2014

Small Treasures: Dutch & Flemish Art in the 16th & 17th Centuries
In collaboration with the NC Museum of Art
October 18, 2014

Comparative Empires in the Pre-Modern World
October 25, 2014

Sex, Science, & the Supernatural: Getting to the Bottom of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
In collaboration with PlayMakers Repertory Company
November 7-8, 2014

The Great War
An encore seminar
November 14-15, 2014

Sports in American Society
November 22, 2014

Resurrections: Reviving Extinct Languages, Cultures, and Species
December 6, 2014



*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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