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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 eight talks that speak to issues from around the globe. 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 springas 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 ($15 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 $120 ($90 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 Spring 2022 Humanities in Action lecture. Complimentary teacher registration closes two hours before the start of the event.

Spring 2022

Wednesday, February 2 at 4:30pm

China featuring Donald Santacaterina, Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy

Wednesday, February 9 at 4:30pm

Russia featuring Dr.Graeme Robertson, Professor of Political Science

Wednesday, February 16 at 4:30 pm

Cash Transfers in Africa featuring Dr. Sudhanshu Handa, Kenan Eminent Professor of Public Policy

Wednesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm

Mexico featuring Dr. Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo, Associate Professor of Political Science

Wednesday, March 2 at 4:30 pm

Ecuador featuring Dr. Gabriela Valdivia, Professor of Geography and Assistant Dean, Honors Carolina

Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 pm

Japan featuring Dr. Morgan Pitelka, Professor of History and Professor and Chair of Asian Studies

Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30 pm

Caribbean Plantation Tourism featuring Dr. Tanya Shields, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Women’s and Gender Studies

Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 pm

India featuring Dr. Sarah Smith, Associate Professor of Geography


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.