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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.

With the prospect of the first female president, the rise of outsider populism, and recent developments in North Carolina gaining national notoriety, the 2016 U.S. elections promise to be nothing if not worthy of discussion. Come to Humanities in Action this fall for full election coverage in five talks.

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 – Fall 2016  (click titles for detailed descriptions)

Presidential Power and the 2016 Elections
William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The 2016 Congressional Elections
Sarah A. Treul Roberts, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Polarization, Authoritarianism, and the 2016 Elections
Jonathan Weiler, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Studies
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The 2016 Elections: Trends, Polls, and Presidents
Thomas M. Carsey, Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Director, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The 2016 North Carolina State Elections
Ferrel Guillory, Director, Program on Public Life and Professor of the Practice, School of Media and Journalism
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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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