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Join us for a new virtual series of small-group conversations!

People have gathered since the 17th century for salon-style conversations on literature, history, politics, and the arts. A thoughtful, welcoming “salonnière” guides the discussion, and the participants offer their diverse perspectives on the issues that the salon explores. Building on this vital humanistic tradition, Carolina Public Humanities is offering a new Zoom series of small-group “Salon Conversations” about provocative newspaper and magazine articles. The conversations will often focus on short articles that UNC faculty have recently written on important public issues, and each salon will provide humanities-oriented analysis of important public issues. The series will evolve as current issues and debates evolve throughout the fall of 2020.

TUITION: Each conversation is $15.00. Due to the nature of this event, the discussion group size is limited to 14 participants. Dates and themes for the Salons are listed below – just click on the event you wish to attend and follow the instructions to register!

Please check regularly for updates on the schedule for conversations and our featured “salonnières.”

Fall 2020 Humanities Salon Conversations

Thursday, August 27 –  History and Memory

A Humanities Salon Conversation with Professor of History, Malinda Maynor Lowery, discussing her recent article in the Washington Post: Tom Cotton Wants to Save American History. But he gets it all wrong.


Thursday, October 1 –  Is Human Empathy Good, Bad, or Condescending?

A Humanities Salon Conversation with Professor of History and CPH Director, Lloyd Kramer, discussing the recent article by UNC-Chapel Hill historian Molly Worthen in the New York Times: “The Trouble With Empathy”