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The New Politics of the 21st Century

February 18, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - February 19, 2022 @ 12:45 pm

It has become increasingly clear to many in America and throughout the world that the political norms of the 20th century no longer accurately describe conditions on the ground. Severe polarization, public distrust of institutions, racial unrest and reckoning, and an accelerating climate crisis, among many other factors, have changed the way we think about and conduct politics today. How do we make sense of this change? What are the important issues we should confront? Can our democracy meet these challenges, or even survive? Join us for this important discussion of how our political culture has changed in the last 20 years and how it  will impact an uncertain future.


The Political Challenge of Facing Climate Change

Greg Gangi, Teaching Professor and Associate Director for Clean Technology and Innovation, Institute for the Environment

Free Speech in the Age of Mis and Disinformation

Tori Ekstrand, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media

Race and Politics in the 21st Century

Christopher J. Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science

American Politics and Polarization

Marc Hetherington, Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science

The New Politics of the 21st Century

A panel discussion with all speakers



4:30-8:30 pm, Friday, February 18 and 9:00 am-12:45 pm, Saturday, February 19.  The tuition is $125 to attend in person or $75 for virtual viewing.  The optional dinner on Friday is $25.

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 18 at noon*

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 morning of February 18.

**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 18, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
February 19, 2022 @ 12:45 pm
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