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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Summer Registration is OPEN!

The wait is over! Be the first to secure your spot in the world of ideas, register soon to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!

Explore the world of ideas, engage with world-class faculty, and connect with Carolina at one or more of these events:

  • Adventures in Ideas Seminars: Our weekend seminars this summer will feature one of our most popular speakers, Tim Carter (right), hosting his first solo seminar on the History of Opera; a timely examination of Russian Imperialism; and a look at our increasingly computerized/machine world. With only three seminars this summer, we hope you can make it to all of them!
  • Flyleaf Lecture Series:  In summer 2014, the Humanities in Action  and Spotlight on Scholars will operate on a reduced schedule (two each), but this doesn’t mean we cut back on quality! Spotlight will feature two great scholars discussing their recent work on the English language and women’s rights in Africa, and with elections on the horizons, Humanities in Action will focus on the upcoming elections and the biggest issue (according to some) in them, “Obamacare.”
  • Summer Colleges: (stay tuned for more information/registration) We will be holding two summer colleges in collaboration with the General Alumni Association: A Reunion Summer College on the decade of 1964-1974–celebrating the classes of ’69 and ’74– (May 29-June 1), and our third Alumni Summer College (June 12-15) on the subject of the American South. These events are reserved for GAA and class members for a three-week period. Registration for these events, however, opens to the general population on May 1. If you’d like to reserve a spot, write or call 919-962-1544 for more information and to get on the waiting list.

K-12 educators, remember our endowment funds ensure that you receive a 50% discount on tuition. Also 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! For a special summer program for teachers at the North Carolina Museum of History see below.

Check out our website and sign up today!


April 18

Scenes from our last bee with DSI Comedy Theater!

What would life be without another Flyleaf Books and the Program in the Humanities Spelling Bee? These fun events keep picking up steam. On April 18, we’ll be partnering once more with the DSI Comedy Theater to bring you a full evening of entertainment and “just a modicum of scholarly endeavor.” Many people come to mock the competitors (or cheer them on–it’s hard to tell the difference), but if you’d like to compete in the event, register here, or just come for the improv comedy, refreshments, and new this time, food from Luche Tigre! For more information on how the spelling bee works and what to expect click here.


Japanese Internment Seminar, April 25-26

While we’re excited about the summer, we still have some events on our spring roster with seats open, in particular our seminar on Japanese internment coming up at the Chapel Hill Public Library on April 25-26, Reflecting on Japanese Internment in World War II. We’ll be pairing this seminar on a neglected but important episode of American history with the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Hold These Truths, based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, a survivor of the camps and advocate for human rights and redress for treatment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. In addition to the academic content of the seminar, Joanne Iritani, who was forced into the camps during the war, will be on hand to share her experiences and bring to life the plight of Japanese-American citizens during the war. Registered participants will have the opportunity to attend the play at a reduced price.

Teacher Event(s):

Hidden Histories,

What Your NC History Textbook Left Out

A professional development series for K-12 teachers generously funded by the 
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the Civic Education Consortium ( & the NC Museum of History ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC History Textbook Left Out,” an exciting professional development series designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history. Each two-day program will focus on a different time period and dynamically integrate lectures from university scholars, pedagogical exploration, interaction with the NC History Museum’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit, and more! Go to for additional details & registration information.

Colonization, Revolution and the New Nation – JUNE 26-27, 2014
Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, June 13

Civil War & Reconstruction – JULY 17-18, 2014
Deadline for registration & cancellation: Monday, July 7

Civil Rights in the Modern Century – AUGUST 7-8, 2014
Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, July 25

Welcome, Dr. Lloyd Kramer !

Interim Director Max Owre and Dr. Kramer in London, 2012

We toast the announcement of Dr. Lloyd Kramer as our new Director! He will assume his position on July 1, 2014. In a new model of leadership for the Program, Lloyd will be the first tenured faculty director and will work closely with our existing staff to continue to bring the best Carolina scholarship to the community and North Carolina’s K-12 schools. Many of you know Lloyd from his many seminars and lectures with the program. For those who don’t know him, over the next few months’ newsletters, we will introduce you to him with a review of his many accomplishments during his long career at UNC and an interview with him on his vision for the future of the Program. For now, let’s raise our glasses and salute our new leader!

Thank you for being friends of the Humanities! We’ll see you at an event soon.



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