The Humanities in Action series is our homage to the tradition of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believe that knowledge could forage a moral community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by encouraging our audience to apply what they learn to their civic life. Come engage with 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. All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.


This fall Humanities in Action moves to Tuesday! Our semester stars with five talks on various issues in health, medicine, and healthcare policy, followed by four talks on global issues such as climate change, labor, national and international security, and biodiversity.

Tuition: Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events for $125.00 ($90.00 for GAA members). Register in advance for $18.00 ($13.00 for GAA Members). Each lecture is $20.00 at the door.

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.


Fall 2017

Can We Find a Cure for Cancer? New Challenges and New Opportunities | September 12

From Obamacare to Trumpcare and Beyond: Healthcare Reform in the United States | September 19

Digital Health: Hope, Hype, and “Amara’s Law” | September 26

Cigarette Warning Labels: The Bottle between the FDA and the Tobacco Industry | October 3

Food and Health in America | October 10

Natural Disasters and Social Vulnerability: A Global and Local Perspective | October 17

Precarious Work in a Changing World Economy | October 24

Counterterrorism in the Age of Trump | November 7

How Should We Inhabit the Earth? Reconciling biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability | November 14


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Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

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