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In collaboration with the UNC General Alumni Association


Join us this semester for more Humanities in Action!

This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with six talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture is a hybrid event, and your registration fee allows you to choose whether to participate in person at Flyleaf Books or virtually over Zoom. Please be sure to verify the dates and times for all CPH events this fall as circumstances change quickly.

All programs are held in-person AND online as a Zoom webinar.

**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.**

Tuition: Each lecture is $20.00 ($15.00 for GAA members). Your registration fee allows you to choose whether to participate in person at Flyleaf Books or virtually over Zoom.  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 Humanities in Action events for $80.00 ($65.00 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 for virtual viewing is free for K-12 teachers. If you are a current K-12 teacher, click here to register for virtual viewing of any Fall 2021 Humanities in Action lecture. Complimentary teacher registration closes two hours before the start of the event.

Fall 2021

Wednesday, September 22 at 3:30 pm

Doomed From the Start: Two Decades of Failed American Policy in Afghanistan featuring David H. Schanzer, Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security

Wednesday, September 29 at 3:30 pm

Our Misperception of Misinformation and Public Understanding of Science featuring featuring Brian Southwell, Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Health Behavior and Graduate Faculty School of Media and Journalism

Wednesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm

Seeking Truth in an Age of Distortion: Navigating America’s “Epistemological Crisis” featuring Alex Worsnip, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Core Faculty, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program

Wednesday, October 13 at 3:30 pm

Social Networked Politics featuring Daniel Kreiss, Professor of Journalism and Media and Principal Researcher for the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life

Wednesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm

Critical Race Theory and the Law featuring Erika K. Wilson, Professor of Law, Wade Edwards Distinguished Scholar, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, and Director of Clinical Programs

Wednesday, October 27 at 3:30 pm

Teaching “Hard History” in K-12 Education: From Politicization to Reconciliation featuring Christie Norris, Director of Carolina K-12


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.