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February 2018

The Triumph of Christianity in the Ancient World An Encore Presentation

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - February 3 @ 12:00 pm
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Bart Ehrman

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Bart Ehrman  Bart Ehrman returns to Adventures in Ideas with an encore presentation of 2017’s seminar based on his upcoming work, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Small Band of Outcasts Conquered an Empire. If you missed it in September, now’s your chance to hear one of our most popular speakers. The Christian movement began with a small group of illiterate day-laborers in a remote part of the Roman world. Within four hundred years this…

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UNC and State Politics: Then and Now – A Dialogues Seminar

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Contentious issues have long forced the University of North Carolina to navigate between the state’s political leaders and the diverse ideas and actions of its students and faculty. Are recent controversies such as the debates over HB2, Confederate monuments or public funding a continuation of traditional tensions or a new more politicized stage in the University’s interactions with state authorities? This Dialogues seminar will explore this question with examples from the University’s history and evolving position within North Carolina’s political…

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Shakespeare: New Perspectives

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Mary Floyd-Wilson Shakespeare is, of course, great writing, but it’s even better when performed by expert actors. Likewise, there is great scholarship on Shakespeare, but it’s even better when presented to the public by an expert lecturer! Carolina has such a scholar in Mary Floyd-Wilson, who offers new insights on two of the Bard’s most-beloved plays. Critics believe William Shakespeare wrote the comedy Twelfth Night and the tragedy Hamlet in 1601, the same year his…

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March 2018

Spain: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Spain has long been a land of beauty and culture. Her influence is still felt the world over. Two excellent scholars, Flora Cassen and Sam Amago, will help us compare the past and present of this remarkable country, reviewing its difficult history from the era of its once powerful empire to the present, with particular attention to its diverse cultures, contested spaces, and conflicting religions and regions. TOPICS & SPEAKERS Spain Then: Empire and Expulsion Flora Cassen, Associate Professor of…

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Learning from the Holocaust: Public Monuments, Museums, and Memory

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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The Uhlman Family Seminar, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Studies Recent controversies over monuments featuring leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy in the American Civil War have sparked heated debates—and violent acts—over what to publicly commemorate and how to do it. Many suggest that honoring the victims of historic catastrophes would provide more resolution and healing for communities than celebrating the actors that perpetrated them. This seminar explores how memorialization in art and public spaces in Europe and…

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April 2018

The French Revolution: politics, Violence, and Polarization

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Political polarizations divide Left and Right wing groups in all modern, democratic societies, but similar, emotion-charged political conflicts were already present during and after France’s great Revolution of 1789. What caused this famous Revolution, how did it affect the lives of those who lived through it or remembered it, how did it divide later French politics into “Left” and “Right” factions, and how have creative filmmakers interpreted the Revolution in modern movies? Join the lively “intellectual team” from Carolina Public…

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Whatever Happened to Global Diplomacy?

April 20 @ 4:30 pm - April 21 @ 1:00 pm
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Older systems and methods of international diplomacy are giving way to a growing populist disdain for careful diplomatic negotiations. Complex problems are often reduced to superficial statements in the mass media or to simple tweets that ignore the history of past events. What has happened to the traditions of global diplomacy? This seminar will examine this question through the perspectives of leading historians and public policy scholars who will analyze past diplomatic strategies as well as recent changes in transnational…

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Paris: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Paris has been a center of cultural and social innovation throughout the modern era, and it remains an influential trendsetter in the contemporary world. Why was Paris so influential in the 19th century, and how does it exemplify the transitions that are now taking place in the world’s largest cities? This Dialogues seminar will focus on two important periods of Parisian history and suggest why and how the “City of Lights” helps us understand key issues in modern urban cultures.…

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May 2018

Germany Under the Nazis

May 4 @ 4:30 pm - May 5 @ 1:00 pm
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The Nazi seizure of power in Germany led to a global war that affected people throughout the world, but the Nazis also profoundly transformed political and social life within Germany itself through the repressive policies of their totalitarian regime (1933-1945). This seminar features two distinguished historians who will discuss how Hitler’s governing system controlled German society and how Nazi ideas and laws affected families and women—including the more than one million women who served in the German military during World…

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