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In collaboration with the UNC General Alumni Association

Note: Due to uncertainties, dates and times for these lectures are subject to change.  Please continue to monitor our website for updates.


Join us this semester for more Humanities in Action online!

This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each virtual lecture will be accompanied by a live question and answer session with the presenter. Please be sure to verify the dates and times for all CPH events this spring as circumstances change quickly.

All programs are held online as a Zoom webinar.

Tuition: Each lecture is $15.00 ($10.00 for GAA members).  Advance registrants can take advantage of our special HUMANITIES IN ACTION SEASON PASS (while providing valuable support to Carolina Public Humanities) and register for all five Humanities in Action events for $60.00 ($45.00 for GAA members).

If you take the GAA discount and are not a GAA member, you will be asked to join or pay the difference before the event. To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends.

Tuition is free for K-12 teachers. If you are a current K-12 teacher, click on the event you wish to attend, and there will be a link on each event page for you to register.

Spring 2021

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 pm

2020 Election Overview w/ Sarah Treul, Associate Professor of Political Science

Wednesday, February 3 at 3:30 pm

Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina w/ James L. Leloudis, Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
and Robert Korstad, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Duke University

Wednesday, February 17 at 3:30 pm

The Biden Administration & Healthcare Reform w/ Jonathan Oberlander, Professor and Chair of Social Medicine and Professor of Health Policy and Management

Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30 pm

The History of Jim Crow Laws in North Carolina w/ Richard Paschal, Attorney, Schwartz and Shaw, PLLC

Wednesday, March 10 at 3:30 pm

Gig Economies and Radical Political Movements w/ Margaret Foster, Post-doctoral Research Associate in Political Science

Wednesday, March 17 at 3:30 pm

The New American Populocracy: How the Rise of Populist Attitudes Threatens Our Democracy w/ Ashley Anderson, Assistant Professor of Political Science


The Humanities in Action series is our homage to the tradition of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believe that knowledge could forage a moral community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by encouraging our audience to apply what they learn to their civic life. Come engage with contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment.

These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.


For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, and more, please visit our General Information page.