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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News – April 2015

Summer Registration is OPEN!

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for our Summer 2015 programs.  While everyone else is on vacation, we’ll be working hard putting on some great programs.

Adventures in Ideas Seminars

Our three weekend seminars this summer feature a nice mix of subjects from Napoleon to American musicals to nature, art, & science. Marking the 200th anniversary of his defeat at Waterloo, Program in the Humanities’ leaders Lloyd Kramer and Max Owre will explore the history and influence of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Program favorite Tim Carter will examine various social and political issues through the prism of four popular musicals: Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Showboat, and Shall We Dance?  Finishing out the semester is a seminar discussing the changing views of our planet from the perspectives of artists and scientists.  Purchase a “summer pass” by registering for all three seminars and receive a discount.  Our Early Bird Discount is available until May 22nd.  More information about each seminar is linked below.

Napoleon and His Legacy: Warfare, Politics, and Culture
May 29-30, 2015

The American Musical: From Show Boat to Oklahoma!
Featuring Tim Carter
June 6, 2015

Earth, the Arts, and the Meaning of Nature
July 11, 2015

Flyleaf Books Lecture Series

Spotlight on Scholars takes flight with a talk about experiments with medieval flying machines and concludes with a lecture on the Chinese “Eco-City.”  Humanities in Action takes a trip to Congress with two lectures about recent dysfunction in the legislative branch. (Please note: the Flyleaf Season Pass is not available for the summer.)

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Decline of the U. S. Congress
Jason M. Roberts, Associate Professor of Political Science
May 27, 2015

Was Congress Always Like This? Will It Always Be Like This?
Thomas M. Carsey, Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
June 10, 2015

Spotlight on Scholars Tuesdays

The Art & Science of a Medieval “First in Flight”
Glaire D. Anderson, Associate Professor of Art History
June 23, 2015

The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning
Robin Visser, Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Asian Studies and Deputy Director, Program on Chinese Cities
June 30, 2015

Special Events & NightLabs

We also will feature a wide range of special programs, including Great Books reading group at Flyleaf Books and more Humanities NightLabs productions.

Great Books Reading Group: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Hilary E. Lithgow, Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature
June 30 & July 14

Adult Spelling Bee, A Humanities NightLabs Event
June 5 & August 21

We hope you’ll be able to squeeze one of our programs into your schedule in between beach trips and picnics.


Program in the Humanities is Featured in this Month’s Carolina Akramer_lloyd_14_033-1WEBrts & Sciences Magazine

The fine folks at Carolina Arts & Sciences magazine have written a nice profile of the Program in the Humanities for this month’s issue. The article features a short history of the Program, some new initiatives & programs we’re working on, and more! If I were a better writer, I’d write more about the article or I’d be writing for Carolina Arts & Sciences. You can read about where we’ve been and where we’re going, here:

Need Some Advice? Ask Ramses

A New Humanities NightLabs Advice Show

A philosopher, an ethicist and a historian walk into a comedy club.  Although this sounds like the start of a joke your wacky uncle used to tell, it’s actually the premise of our fun and hilarious new Humanities NightLab, Ahogans-3sk Ramses. Join us at DSI Comedy on Franklin St on April 29 at 7pm for what’s sure to be an interesting evening.

Ever wonder what it would be like to do the right thing? Maybe you don’t know what the right thing is? Join UNC Philosopher and Ethicist Susan Wolf for our first installment of Ask Ramses, a lively exchange of ideas and advice for everyday conundrums. Dr. Wolf, and DSI comedians, will answer anonymous questions from the audience and discuss the ethical implications of the options before us. Learn how a philosopher approaches life and come away a better person.  Sorry, no refunds if you aren’t a better person by the end of the show (I’m also not apologizing for the ram joke)!

Anonymously submit a question, problem, or ethical dilemma for our philosopher here:

Purchase tickets at the door or in advance here:




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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