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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 as we bring 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 fall as circumstances change quickly.

All programs are held online as a Zoom webinar.

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special HUMANITIES IN ACTION SEASON PASS (while providing valuable support to Carolina Public Humanities) and receive a discount on the purchase of all five lectures.

Tuition: Each lecture is $15.00 ($10.00 for GAA members).  Advance registrants can take advantage of our special HUMANITIES IN ACTION SEASON PASS – register for all the semester’s 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 for you to register.

Fall 2020

Wednesday, August 19 at 3:30 pm

Black Political Power in the US w/ Christopher J. Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science

Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00 pm

The Ethics of Pandemics w/ James Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Public Health

Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 pm

The Public University and American Democracy w/ Andrew J. Perrin, Professor of Sociology and Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of the Humanities/Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm

Historical (In)justice and Memory Today: Genocide, Colonialism, and the Contested Past w/ A. Dirk Moses, Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History

Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 pm

Erasures: Black History, Black Newspapers, and Digitization w/ Lyneise Williams, Associate Professor of Art History


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.