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Power and Ambition: Political Family Dynasties Through the Ages

September 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Families are time-honored sources of virtues and values. But what if a family’s greatest virtue is its thirst for power? This seminar will examine five families whose members obtained positions at the highest levels of society: the Medicis, Tudors, and Bonapartes in Europe, and the Kennedys and Clintons in the United States. Though they lived in different eras with unique histories, each family had a reputation to uphold while balancing the deeds of capable members with the embarrassments of their less illustrious relatives. Enjoy a day of family stories and an exploration of the impact of powerful dynasties and their legacies on public life.


The Medici: Merchant Princes of Renaissance Florence
Melissa M. Bullard, Professor of History

The House of Tudor
Tatiana String, Associate Professor of Art and Art History and Director, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The Bonapartes: Parvenus and the Price of Nepotism
Maximilian P. Owre, Teaching Assistant Professor of History and Executive Director, Carolina Public Humanities

The Kennedys and Clintons: American Political Families
William H. Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University

Do Dynasties Embody Legacies of Service or Privilege? A panel discussion with our speakers


4:30pm-8:30pm Friday, September 21 and 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday, September 22. The tuition is $125 ($115 until August 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until August 1st). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 3-4 weeks before the program date. 


September 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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