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Historical Reflections on Failure and Success at the End of a UNC Career

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

a DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR and DIALOGUES seminar featuring Dr. Lloyd Kramer, professor of History and Director of Carolina Public Humanities

We’re born without choice about when our lives began, the cultures in which we grew up, or the physical traits that influence the identities that others ascribe to our own selfhood. Living within these parameters of time, culture, and physical bodies, however, we all encounter disappointing setbacks as well as self-affirming achievements. How does the meaning of both failure and success influence each human life—and how do people  interpret both their worst and best experiences as they move into old age? These are questions that Lloyd Kramer will explore in his final seminar before retirement as CPH director. Historians and philosophers have long debated the causes and consequences of both personal and social failures, and they have also argued endlessly about whether a successful life flows from wealth, fame, power, love, work, or spiritual knowledge. Join us for historical reflections on the ways in which we all seek to define failure or a “good life”—no matter how far we have advanced in the always-evolving cycle of life.


What is the Meaning of Failure in Human Lives and National Cultures?

What is the Meaning of a Successful Life?

What Does the History of our Professional Lives Tell us about Failure and Success?

A panel discussion with our speaker, CPH Executive Director Max Owre, and the audience

Lloyd Kramer has been a professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1986 and director of Carolina Public Humanities since 2014.




DATE & TIME:  Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Kenan Conference Center

*In-Person Registration for this event closes on June 28 at 3pm**

 Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included) each semester, and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


June 29
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Kenan Conference Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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