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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


 November 2015

Continue the Discussion That Began at “Public Universities, the Humanities, and Education in North Carolina.”

A sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended our “Public Universities, the Humanities, and Education in North Carolina” event at the Carolina Club on October 10. We greatly appreciate your support of our program and we hope that you gained new insights on the state of the humanities in North Carolina.

For those who were unable to attend, the program featured a series of six terrific talks from our presenters: Claude Clegg, Chancellor Carol Folt, Marianne Gingher, Bill Moore, UNC System President Tom Ross, and Michael Tiemann. Following the panel discussions, our Executive Director Dr. Max Owre facilitated a fascinating conversation between the presenters and the audience. A number of important questions were raised and our panelists provided thoughtful and substantive answers. The fruitful discussions continued at our salon-style lunch discussions after the main program.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to our lunch discussion leaders: Carolyn Allmendinger, Claude Clegg, Annergret Fauser, Marianne Gingher, Mark Katz, Joel Kingsolver, Lloyd Kramer, Max Owre, Andrew Perrin, Gerald Postema, Terry Rhodes, Rachel Schaevitz, Adam Versenyi, Ariana Vigil, & Anne Whisnant.

If you were unable to attend the program or you’d like to continue the conversation started in October, visit our new website dedicated to the event. You can find video, pictures, copies of each presenteres talk, discussion summaries, and more at: Public Universities, the Humanities, and Education in North Carolina: An Ongoing Discussion.

 Race and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa has Been Rescheduled for December 2

Due to a personal emergency, we had to cancel Dr. Lauren Jarvis’ November 11th Humanities in Action talk – Race and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Fortunately for us and the more than 50+ people who’ve signed up, she was available to reschedule in December. Her talk will now take place on Wednesday, December 2 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at Flyleaf Books.

Those of you who registered for the original date are automatically registered for the rescheduled talk. If you haven’t signed up, you can still register via our website or by calling our office at 919.962.1544.

We’ll see you on December 2!


Adult Spelling Bee

Our most popular Humanities NightLabs – the Adult Spelling Bee – returns to DSI Comedy on Friday December 4! Max and DSI’s rotating cast of comedians will provide plenty of mirth and merriment. Spelling and comedy is the perfect way to kick off this holiday season. Compete for the crown or hang out and heckle our contestants.

The Spelling Bee starts at 7pm and it’s only $6 to attend. More information about the Adult Spelling Bee is available on our Facebook page. Sign up to compete using our Google form.


Help Rename the NC Civic Education Consortium

Since 2004, the Civic Education Consortium at UNC-Chapel Hill has dedicated itself to serving North Carolina’s amazing, hard-working, creative, and dedicated teachers. We have tried to bend and stretch and grow to meet the needs of K-12 educators throughout the years and many of our programs and lesson plan ideas are based on requests and ideas provided by YOU! And while we still cover topics related to civic education, our 2012 move from the UNC School of Government to the UNC Program in the Humanities allowed us to further broaden the topics we offer. In the spirit of progress, we are seeking a NEW NAME for the NC Civic Education Consortium, one that makes it clear who our most important partners are (K-12 educators), one that better shows the broad nature of our work, and also a name that reflects our connection to UNC-Chapel Hill. Since you – our users and participants and collaborators and friends – know us better than anyone, we’d love to hear your ideas for our NEW NAME! (And don’t worry, will always remain active and will redirect to whatever our new site name might become.)

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Carolina K-12: The UNC-CH Consortium for Public Education
  • The Consortium for Public Education at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Carolina Consortium for Public Education
  • The UNC-CH Consortium for Public Education
Please send your thoughts and ideas for a new name for the NC Civic Education Consortium to Christie Norris at And keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our new name in 2016!

Discuss the Recent Attacks in Paris with the UNC Center for European Studies This Friday

Below is a letter from Dr. John Stephens, Director of the UNC Center for European Studies, inviting you to an event this Friday, November 20th at the FedEx Global Education Center on UNC’s campus.

Dear UNC Community,

We are very saddened by the horrific incidents in Paris last Friday night and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims  – as well as with our TransAtlantic Master students, graduates, and colleagues in Paris. As this is a time when we are faced with many questions, we would like to invite you to participate with us in a dialogue about the larger issues at hand as well as these most recent attacks in Paris.

Jonathan Laurence, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, will join us on Friday, November 20, at 1:30 at the FedEx Global Education Center in Room 4003 to give a talk on: “Can European Islam be Algerian, Moroccan and Turkish?” as part of the CES and TransAtlantic Masters Friday Lecture Series.

In addition to giving his talk, Professor Laurence will also discuss and take questions regarding the attacks in Paris. His reactions to November 13 (NYT Op-Ed and NPR) can be found here:

No rsvp necessary, the event is, as always, free and open to the public.

I look forward to welcoming you on Friday.


John D. Stephens

Director, UNC Center for European Studies

  Odds & Ends

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K-12 educators, remember our endowment funds ensure that you receive a 50% discount on tuition as well as a $75 stipend!  (Please note: Although the tuition discount applies for all Adventures in Ideas seminars, teachers can only claim one $75 stipend a semester.)  Be sure to visit our webpage to learn about our teacher trainings — we have new content, new lesson plans, and new opportunities for your classrooms!

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