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Italy: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

in Collaboration with the Center for European Studies

From antiquity down to modern times the Italian peninsula has been the multicultural home for people who have spoken different languages, lived under different government systems and struggled with social fragmentation. Richard Talbert will discuss how the fragmented peoples of ancient Italy were gradually unified and dominated by the Roman Republic and Empire. Historian Tobias Hof will then examine how modern Italians continue to face fragmenting challenges as they struggle with Mediterranean migrations, terrorism, and transnational economic forces. This dialogue will focus on how the ancient Romans managed multiculturalism and political disunity and compare that era with the current anxieties about immigrants and disorienting social changes.


The Quest for Italian Unity and Social Order in Ancient Rome

Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History

Italian National Coherence in the New Era of Modern Fragmentations

Tobias Hof, DAAD Visiting Professor of History

Was Italy united in ancient or modern times—and why has Italian Unity been important?

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017. The tuition is $65.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues seminar information a week before the program date.


December 2, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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