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In collaboration with the UNC General Alumni Association

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. All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.


Technology, Society, and Culture

In the modern world we cannot avoid technology, but we can try to understand its effects on our society and culture. Join us for this spring’s interdisciplinary series of talks that explore the many ways technology is changing our lives — from the music we play, to the cars we drive, to the people we vote for, and much more.

All programs are held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS and receive a discount on the purchase of all eight lectures.

Tuition: Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all the semester’s Humanities in Action events for $135.00 ($100.00 for GAA members). Register in advance for $18.00 ($13.00 for GAA Members). Each lecture is $20.00 at the door.

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.


Spring 2020

February 11 – Finding Knowledge in the Digital Age: Cognitive Abilities and the Quest for Better Searching w/ Jaime Arguello, Frances Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor of Information and Library Science

February 18 – The Private is Political: Understanding Privacy at the Margins w/ Alice E. Marwick, Assistant Professor of Communication

February 25 – Popularity, Social Media, and 21st-Century Teens w/ Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

March 3 – What They Don’t Know: Power, Poverty, and Marginalization in the Information Society w/ Amelia Gibson, Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science

March 17 –  Capturing Sound: How Technology has Changed Music w/ Mark Katz, Professor of Music *This event was originally scheduled for February 4*

March 24 – Erasures: The Impact of Digitization on Historical Newspapers w/ Lyneise Williams, Associate Professor of Art History

March 31- Social Media, Social Identity, and Politics w/ Daniel Kreiss, Associate Professor of Media and Journalism

April 14 – When Technology Outpaces Knowledge: The Impact of Genomic Informatics on Human Lives w/ Elysia Davis, Clinical Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology

April 21 – The Risks and Rewards of 21st-Century Transportation Technologies w/ Noreen McDonald, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning

April 28 – Surveillance, Identity, and Privacy in the age of DNA w/ Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology


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


Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd) flyleaf-logo
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to The Root Cellar (Formerly Foster’s Market)
Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 11-6
Phone# 919-942-7373