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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Humanities in Action program is our homage to the fourteenth and fifteenth century philosophy of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believed that the combination of education, ethics, and active citizenship in citizens could lead to the creation of a better community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by exploring contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues.

This semester Humanities in Action presents, “Around the World since 1945,” five lectures on trends affecting the world and specific regions with a look at historical factors that have led to contemporary issues.

All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.

Program Tuition: Tuition is $20 for everyone paying at the door. Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To receive a discount, registrations must be received at least 1 business day before the event. 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. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends.

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 5 Humanities in Action lectures) for $110.00 ($55.00 for GAA members).

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Secure Online Registration available – click here for details.

Humanities in Action Wednesdays – Summer 2016  (click titles for detailed descriptions)

Human Rights in the Modern Middle East
Sarah D. Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History
June 22, 2016

Human Rights in the Contemporary World: From the Cold War to Guantanamo
Michael Cotey Morgan, Assistant Professor of History
June 29, 2016

Spring 2016 (click titles for detailed descriptions)

Two Chinas, One Cook: Culture and Conflict between Taiwan and the People’s Republic
Michelle King, Associate Professor of History
March 2, 2016
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

“Plato to Nato”: What You Need To Know About Central Asia
Eren Tasar, Assistant Professor of History
March 9, 2016
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The Idea of India: From Gandhi to Modi
Iqbal Singh Sevea, Assistant Professor of History
March 16, 2016
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Muslim Societies since 1945
Cemil Aydin, Associate Professor of History
March 23, 2016
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The Challenges to Democracy in Latin America
Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo, Associate Professor of Political Science
March 30, 2016
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to The Root Cellar (Formerly Foster’s Market)
Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 11-6
Phone# 919-942-7373

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