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Gather in small groups for robust explorations of diverse, classic texts with UNC faculty and guest discussion leaders. Reading groups meet in person at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We also offer a limited number of virtual seats for those who prefer to participate from home. Each participant will receive a copy of the book before the first discussion. Space is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot!

Spring 2024 Book Groups


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Wednesdays, February 14 and 21 

featuring Kimberly J. Stern, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature


A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Tuesdays, February 27 and March 5 

featuring Michael Keenan Gutierrez, Teaching Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Program, Department of English and Comparative Literature


Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire  

Wednesday, March 20 

featuring Max Owre, Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities


Minor Detail by Adania Shibli

Wednesday, March 27

featuring Nadia Yaqub, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The Lost Boy by Thomas Wolfe

Monday, April 1

featuring James W. Clark, Professor of English, Emeritus, NC State University


Democracy without Shortcuts (excerpts) by Cristina Lafont

Tuesday, April 9 

featuring Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History and Director, Carolina Public Humanities

**Dr. Lafont is the keynote speaker for this year’s Adams Symposium on April 19-20


The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Tuesdays, April 16 and 23 

featuring William H. Race, George L. Paddison Professor of Classics, Emeritus


“Tell Me a Riddle” and “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen

Wednesday, May 1

featuring Emily Katz, Teaching Assistant Professor of American Studies


Due to the nature of the reading groups, refunds are not available. 


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