We’re so delighted to complete a successful summer schedule,  with 4 Flyleaf lectures, 3 Adventures in Ideas seminars, 2 extended-stay programs on campus, 2 teacher trainings, and an event with North Carolina 4-H.

Alumni Summer College
An annual tradition

On June 13-16, 35 alumni from across the United States gathered in Chapel Hill for our second annual Alumni Summer College, co-sponsored, organized, and staffed by the Program in the Humanities, the General Alumni Association, and the Center for the Study of the American South.


This year’s theme was Old and New: Studying the South in the 21st Century, From a warm Southern welcome and fascinating look at the blues with Bill Ferris, to tours of campus, a farewell BBQ at the Love House—and dozens of lectures, discussions, and exhibits in between–attendees came to appreciate the American South as a place of lasting traditions and constant evolution.
We hope you can join us June 12-15, 2014 for next year’s event. To see what you missed, you can see a short video here.

Keep Spreading the Word!
Our Summer Semester Ambassador

We are delighted to announce the winner of our Ambassador of the Semester award, drawn randomly from a list of those nominated by a first-time participant during the semester. We are delighted to present Lynda Nolta with a $25.00 gift certificate to Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill for encouraging her friends to come to our Adventures in Ideas seminars. Thank you Lynda for spreading the word!

We launched our Ambassadors Program to recognize what was already happening: our participants are our best promoters and have been one of the main reasons new folks come to our programming. If you want to become an ambassador just tell your friends about Adventures in Ideas and get them to accompany you to a seminar–and then acknowledge your awesome persuasiveness while they are there. Newcomers, if you are at your first program and someone told you to come, don’t forget to nominate her or him. We’ll keep track of all our ambassadors and award the Ambassador of the Year award to that person who brings the most new people to seminars over the course of the calendar year.


The Warren A. Nord Seminar

Keeping  Warren’s Vision Alive

The Warren A. Nord Teachers seminar, named for the long-time director of the Program in the Humanities, is a special professional development event for K-12 teachers held each summer. The event includes lectures on a variety of topics from distinguished collegiate faculty, active exploration of classroom-ready lessons plans, as well as time to learn from and network with teachers from across the state.

2013 Warren A. Nord Seminar for Teachers: “The Fight for Freedom: From Slavery to Civil Rights, was held June 19-20 at UNC-Greensboro. Twenty-eight teachers from elementary, middle and high schools across North Carolina spent two engaging days exploring the rich history of African Americans and their fight for freedom and civil rights throughout slavery and Jim Crow. Professors from UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University, and NC State University presented on topics from the role of women in the civil rights movement to the examination of runaway slaves in North Carolina. Teachers also participated in sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered, designed for easy implementation with their students. In addition, author Barbara Wright joined the group to discuss her new book for adolescents, CROW, based on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots as seen through the eyes of a young boy. A Consortium-created curriculum for implementing the book in the social studies or language arts classroom was also provided. (Click here to access the curriculum.) Teachers also toured the International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro, which offered an engaging and educational journey through the challenges African Americans faced and the victories won throughout the struggle for equality.

Dr. Warren A. Nord, who passed away in 2010, was the founding director of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, a position he held from 1979-2004. Upon his retirement, supporters established the Warren A. Nord fund that enables the Program to offer this fabulous summer training opportunity for teachers free of charge. The popularity of and positive response to each summer’s Warren A. Nord Seminar is a testament to Dr. Nord’s legacy.

Upcoming events for the CEC include the “2013 Local Government Seminar” (August 5-6) and “Voices of Carolina: The Diverse History & Culture of the Tar Heel State” (this training is full, but applications are still being accepted for our waiting list).


Thank You!

With the close of our fiscal year on June 30, we would like you for your support. Without your financial support, we could not offer our programs. We received gifts from 268 of our friends over the course of fiscal year 2013. These gifts help us develop new initiatives and sustain those programs that we know you love. The Program in the Humanities relies on the your support for a third of our budget. Please help us to continue to offer quality programming by making a tax-deductible contribution of any size through our easy online portal. Thank you for making a gift today!



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