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The Maynard Adams Symposium on the Humanities The Power of Emotions in Personal and Public Life

April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

For those planning on attending the Adams Symposium on Saturday, April 22nd, please read the following information. Additional information about the program is below the memo:

Dear Participants in the Saturday Portion of the Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities,

We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, April 22st at the inaugural “Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities: The Power of Emotions in Personal and Public Life” at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, room 111. Please review the following details and let us know if you have any questions.

Building Location: The UNC Center for School Leadership Development is located at 140 Friday Center Drive (click address for a Google Map), across the parking lot from the Friday Center. For general directions from around the Triangle as well as a picture of the front of the CLSD, click here:  Room 111 is located on the first floor of the building.

Parking: Free parking is available in front of the CSLD and no permit is required. There should be enough spaces to accommodate those with handicap permits. If you need handicap access to the building, let us know so that we can make arrangements for you.

Program Agenda: Since this event is open to the public and seating is not guaranteed, there will be no check-in period. Doors to the CSLD will open at 8:15am. Coffee and light snacks will be available at this time. The program will start 9:00am. The agenda is as follows:

8:15-9:00am                       CSLD Doors Open, Coffee & Pastries

9:00-9:15am                       Welcome & Introductions by Dr. Max Owre

9:15-10:15am                     Panel One featuring Max Owre, Russ Shafer-Landau, Eric Muller, and Kiran Bhardwaj

10:15-10:30am                   Break

10:30-11:30am                   Panel Two featuring Rachel Schaevitz, Susan Wolf, Emily Burrill, and Jeff Sebo

11:30-11:45am                   Break

11:45am-12:30pm              Panel Three featuring Martha Nussbuam, Lloyd Kramer, and our panelists

Tar Heel 10 Miler: On Saturday morning, the Town of Chapel Hill will be hosting the Tar Heel 10 Miler, an annual ten-mile race that runs through UNC-Chapel Hill’s main campus and parts of downtown. As a result of the race, some roads that are typically open on a Saturday morning, will be closed. If you normally drive through campus or downtown Chapel Hill to get to the Friday Center or the CLSD, we urge you to find an alternate route. The race organizers have provided a helpful detour map to let you know which roads will be closed. You can download the detour map here: More traffic information is available here: Additional information about the Tar Heel 10 Miler can be found here:

Friday Portion of the Symposium: If you also completed the Google Form for Friday’s portion of the Adams Symposium, you should have already received an email with details. If you didn’t receive an email, all of the information for Friday’s event can be found on the Adams Symposium website at  Feel free to e-mail our Special Projects Coordinator, Paul Bonnici at if you have any additional questions, otherwise we look forward to seeing you this Saturday!


UNC Program in the Humanities Staff



We are pleased to announce a new annual Symposium in honor of the distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003).  This first “Adams Symposium” will feature a keynote address by Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and the recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy—which is often called the “Nobel Prize” of philosophy.

Professor Nussbaum is a prominent advocate for the essential role of the humanities in democratic societies and an expert on the connections between human emotions, philosophical traditions, and social justice. She is thus an ideal speaker to launch a new Symposium that honors one of Carolina’s leading proponents of humanistic knowledge and the enduring quest for a more humane world.

The 2017 Adams Symposium focuses on the power of anger and resentment in our private lives and public conflicts.  Why do people respond to injustices and betrayals with intense desires for “payback” or for the “status reduction” of wrongdoers?  Do such responses help or impede the development of better personal relationships and social justice?  How can anger be transformed into constructive transitions that serve future well-being rather than endless cycles of retribution and payback?  How do emotions affect our definitions of truth and justice?

These questions shape Professor Nussbaum’s influential analysis of human emotions; and they provide a framework for her lecture and for panel discussions in which UNC colleagues will respond to Professor Nussbaum’s ideas. Join the conversation as we examine the power of emotions and the creative transformation of anger in our private lives and public cultures.


Transforming Anger into Justice: Gandhi, King, Mandela

Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago

Panel One: Dialogic Responses to Professor Nussbaum’s Views on Anger and Justice

Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Parr Center for Ethics

Eric L. Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics

Kiran Bhardwaj, Maynard Adams Fellow for the Public Humanities, Royster Fellow, and PhD Candidate in Philosophy

Panel Two: Dialogic Responses to Professor Nussbaum’s Views on Anger and Justice

Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Emily Burrill, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History; Director of African Studies Center

Jeff Sebo, Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Parr Center for Ethics

Panel Three: Open Discussion with Professor Nussbaum, the Panelists and our Audience


The Symposium begins with Professor Nussbaum’s lecture and a public reception on Friday, April 21, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The panel sessions will take place on Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Adams Symposium is free and open to the public.

The Program in the Humanities thanks the Taylor Charitable Trust, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, the Parr Center for Ethics and The Center for Global Initiatives for generously supporting the Maynard Adams Symposium.

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April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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UNC Center for School Leadership Development
140 Friday Center Drive NC 27517 United States + Google Map