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.


Policy Matters: The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics behind Our Most Pressing Issues

This fall we once again collaborate with the interdisciplinary UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program (PPE), whose faculty explore timely public issues in their research. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social and economic costs? Join us for eight lectures on current controversies that demand ongoing dialogue. 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.

Fall 2019

September 10 – Democracy’s Dilemma: Rousseau, Condorcet, and the Elusive Search for Will of the People with Georg Vanberg, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

September 17 – Gerrymandering with Luc Bovens, Professor of Philosophy

September 24 – Public Forgiveness with Simone Gubler,Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

October 8 – Liberty and the Idea of a Universal Basic Income with Fabian Wendt,Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

October 22 – Affirmative Consent Policies with Tom Dougherty, Associate Professor of Philosophy

October 29 – Is Globalization Working? Multinational Firms, Global Supply Chains and Trade Policy with Layna Mosley, Professor of Political Science

November 5 – Gender-Neutral Bathrooms with Alex Marcoci,Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy

November 12 – Economic History of the Rise of Trumpism* with John Komlos, Professor of Economic History Emeritus, University of Munich

*Bonus lecture by visiting scholar (non-PPE)


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