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Sacred Sites Across Cultures and Time

February 26, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 3:45 pm

People all over the world and through the ages have imbued physical spaces with spiritual significance. This seminar will take us back in time to explore a variety of sacred sites, their meanings, and how people used or engaged with them. We will learn about medieval pilgrimages, travel to Byzantine-era synagogues, and examine the fascinating monuments of Mesoamerica with our scholars. Join us for this exploration of the idea of the “axis mundi” in its many manifestations and for a discussion of what makes a site “sacred.”


Traveling to the Celestial Jerusalem

Taylor Cowdery, Assistant Professor of English and Robert M. Lumiansky Fellow

Small Sanctuaries: Rituals and Resonance in the Early Synagogues of Galilee

Laura Lieber, Professor of Religious Studies, Classical Studies, and German Studies; and Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University

Placemaking Rituals and Sacred Landscapes in the Mesoamerican World

Gabrielle Vail, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Sacred Sites Across Cultures and Time

A panel discussion with all speakers



9:15 am-3:45 pm, Saturday, February 26.  The tuition is $125 to attend in person or $75 for virtual viewing.  The optional lunch on Saturday is $20.

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

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni AssociationFor information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

In-person tuition for teachers is $62.50. Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. *Registration for this event closes on February 25 at 3pm*

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

In-person registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. Virtual participants will receive an email with background materials about 1 week before the program and a Zoom link the day before the program.

**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks will be required for all in-person events regardless of vaccination status. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**


February 26, 2022
9:15 am - 3:45 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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