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August 2020

Black Political Power in the US

August 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

featuring Christopher J. Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science   Join us this semester as we bring Humanities in Action online! This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the presenter. Please be sure to…

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Brown Bag French Language Lunch

August 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Hannelore Jarausch, Teaching Professor Emerita, UNC Romance Studies Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our…

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September 2020

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – SOLD OUT

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until September 8, 2020

$35

This Great Books class is sold out. Please email human@unc.edu with your First & Last name, and phone number to be added to the waitlist. featuring Henry Veggian, Teaching Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature   Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for fiction ever awarded to a woman, The Age of Innocence paints a timeless portrait of “society” still unmatched in American literature—an…

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The Ethics of Pandemics

September 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

featuring James Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Public Health   Join us this semester as we bring Humanities in Action online! This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the presenter. Please…

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Brown Bag Italian Language Lunch

September 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on October 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on October 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

$15

featuring Jennifer Mackenzie, Assistant Professor of Italian Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – SOLD OUT

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until September 8, 2020

$35

This Great Books class is sold out. Please email human@unc.edu with your First & Last name, and phone number to be added to the waitlist. featuring Henry Veggian, Teaching Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature   Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for fiction ever awarded to a woman, The Age of Innocence paints a timeless portrait of “society” still unmatched in American literature—an…

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How World War II Spread Across the Globe in 1941: Africa, Russia, and the United States

September 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Distinguished Scholar Webinar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg The Second World War became a truly global conflict in 1941, as the struggle between Axis and Allied forces spread into the deserts of North Africa, the vast territories of the Soviet Union, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The expanding battles caused immense death, destruction and disruption, and both Germany and Japan seemed to be advancing everywhere. The Axis attacks on the Soviet Union and the United States brought two…

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$25

featuring David M. Monje, Teaching Assistant Professor of Communication   The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century The outcry that followed Silent Spring's publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It…

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The Public University and American Democracy

September 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

featuring Andrew J. Perrin, Professor of Sociology and Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of the Humanities/Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities   Join us this semester as we bring Humanities in Action online! This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture will be accompanied…

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Brown Bag German Language Lunch

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Gabriel Trop, Associate Professor of German Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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The Power and Allure of Dictators

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In the face of populist pressures, many nations around the world are turning to authoritarian leaders whose attachment to the liberal values of democracy, transparency, and human rights is questionable at best or outright denied. What inspires people to prefer the rule of one person over sharing power among many? By what right do individuals assume they speak for everyone? Are there common factors that lead to dictatorships or characterize how they function? To answer these questions, we will review…

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Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until September 29, 2020

$35

featuring Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History   Grossman's great moral reckoning with the crimes of Stalinism Everything Flows is Vasily Grossman’s final testament, written after the Soviet authorities suppressed his masterpiece, Life and Fate. The main story is simple: released after thirty years in the Soviet camps, Ivan Grigoryevich must struggle to find a place for himself in an unfamiliar world. But in a novel that seeks to take in the whole tragedy of Soviet history, Ivan’s story is…

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The Power and Allure of Dictators

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until September 25, 2020

In the face of populist pressures, many nations around the world are turning to authoritarian leaders whose attachment to the liberal values of democracy, transparency, and human rights is questionable at best or outright denied. What inspires people to prefer the rule of one person over sharing power among many? By what right do individuals assume they speak for everyone? Are there common factors that lead to dictatorships or characterize how they function? To answer these questions, we will review…

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The Power and Allure of Dictators

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until September 25, 2020

In the face of populist pressures, many nations around the world are turning to authoritarian leaders whose attachment to the liberal values of democracy, transparency, and human rights is questionable at best or outright denied. What inspires people to prefer the rule of one person over sharing power among many? By what right do individuals assume they speak for everyone? Are there common factors that lead to dictatorships or characterize how they function? To answer these questions, we will review…

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The Power and Allure of Dictators

September 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until September 25, 2020

In the face of populist pressures, many nations around the world are turning to authoritarian leaders whose attachment to the liberal values of democracy, transparency, and human rights is questionable at best or outright denied. What inspires people to prefer the rule of one person over sharing power among many? By what right do individuals assume they speak for everyone? Are there common factors that lead to dictatorships or characterize how they function? To answer these questions, we will review…

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The Power and Allure of Dictators

September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In the face of populist pressures, many nations around the world are turning to authoritarian leaders whose attachment to the liberal values of democracy, transparency, and human rights is questionable at best or outright denied. What inspires people to prefer the rule of one person over sharing power among many? By what right do individuals assume they speak for everyone? Are there common factors that lead to dictatorships or characterize how they function? To answer these questions, we will review…

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Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until September 29, 2020

$35

featuring Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History   Grossman's great moral reckoning with the crimes of Stalinism Everything Flows is Vasily Grossman’s final testament, written after the Soviet authorities suppressed his masterpiece, Life and Fate. The main story is simple: released after thirty years in the Soviet camps, Ivan Grigoryevich must struggle to find a place for himself in an unfamiliar world. But in a novel that seeks to take in the whole tragedy of Soviet history, Ivan’s story is…

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Historical (In)justice and Memory Today: Genocide, Colonialism, and the Contested Past

September 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

featuring A. Dirk Moses, Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History   Join us this semester as we bring Humanities in Action online! This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the…

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October 2020

Brown Bag Italian Language Lunch

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on October 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

$15

featuring Jennifer Mackenzie, Assistant Professor of Italian Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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Brown Bag French Language Lunch

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Hannelore Jarausch, Teaching Professor Emerita, UNC Romance Studies Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our…

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Polarization and Presidential Elections that Divided America

October 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Contemporary American politics and public debates have become highly polarized, raising concerns about how a democratic political culture can be sustained amid such partisan anger. This is not the first era of extreme partisan division, however, and this seminar examines previous political conflicts that can help us understand how current polarizations resemble or differ from the divisiveness of past elections. How did Americans respond to emotionally charged political campaigns in the pivotal elections of 1800 (Jefferson vs. Adams), 1860 (Lincoln vs.…

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Polarization and Presidential Elections that Divided America

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Contemporary American politics and public debates have become highly polarized, raising concerns about how a democratic political culture can be sustained amid such partisan anger. This is not the first era of extreme partisan division, however, and this seminar examines previous political conflicts that can help us understand how current polarizations resemble or differ from the divisiveness of past elections. How did Americans respond to emotionally charged political campaigns in the pivotal elections of 1800 (Jefferson vs. Adams), 1860 (Lincoln vs.…

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Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$25

This Great Books class is sold out. Please email human@unc.edu with your First & Last name, and phone number to be added to the waitlist. featuring Eliza Rose, Assistant Professor of Central European Studies   A modern classic as wise and timely as ever Being There is the story of a mysterious man who finds himself at the center of Wall Street and Washington power—including his role as a policy adviser to the president—despite the fact that no one is quite…

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Polarization and Presidential Elections that Divided America

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Contemporary American politics and public debates have become highly polarized, raising concerns about how a democratic political culture can be sustained amid such partisan anger. This is not the first era of extreme partisan division, however, and this seminar examines previous political conflicts that can help us understand how current polarizations resemble or differ from the divisiveness of past elections. How did Americans respond to emotionally charged political campaigns in the pivotal elections of 1800 (Jefferson vs. Adams), 1860 (Lincoln vs.…

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Polarization and Presidential Elections that Divided America

October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Contemporary American politics and public debates have become highly polarized, raising concerns about how a democratic political culture can be sustained amid such partisan anger. This is not the first era of extreme partisan division, however, and this seminar examines previous political conflicts that can help us understand how current polarizations resemble or differ from the divisiveness of past elections. How did Americans respond to emotionally charged political campaigns in the pivotal elections of 1800 (Jefferson vs. Adams), 1860 (Lincoln vs.…

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Erasures: Black History, Black Newspapers, and Digitization

October 14 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

featuring Lyneise Williams, Associate Professor of Art History   Join us this semester as we bring Humanities in Action online! This series has long been our forum for “topics in the news,” and we continue that tradition with five talks that speak to challenges we face in America today, or subjects that are difficult to discuss in a heated political environment. Each lecture will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the presenter. Please be sure to verify…

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Brown Bag German Language Lunch

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Christina Weiler, Teaching Assistant Professor of German Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion.…

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Cities of Music: Vienna and Nashville

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cities usually become influential because of their economic or political prominence in national histories, but they can also become famous symbols for cultural and artistic creativity. This seminar focuses on two very different cities that share a reputation for exceptional musical cultures. Since the post-1780 era of Mozart and Schubert, Vienna has been known as a city of great classical composers, and twentieth-century Nashville became equally prominent as the center of country music and the Grand ole Opry. This Dialogues seminar will analyze…

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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 4, 2020

$35

featuring Pamela Cooper, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature   The novel that put Atwood on the literary map The Edible Woman is both a scathingly funny satire of consumerism and a heady exploration of emotional cannibalism. Marked by blazingly surreal humor and a colorful cast of eccentric characters, it is a groundbreaking work of fiction.  — Penguin Random House, Inc. A brilliant and powerful work rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a…

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Brown Bag Italian Language Lunch

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on October 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

$15

featuring Jennifer Mackenzie, Assistant Professor of Italian Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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November 2020

Brown Bag French Language Lunch

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Jessica Tanner, Assistant Professor of French Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 4, 2020

$35

featuring Pamela Cooper, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature   The novel that put Atwood on the literary map The Edible Woman is both a scathingly funny satire of consumerism and a heady exploration of emotional cannibalism. Marked by blazingly surreal humor and a colorful cast of eccentric characters, it is a groundbreaking work of fiction.  — Penguin Random House, Inc. A brilliant and powerful work rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a…

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Heaven and Hell: Ancient Ideas about the Afterlife (encore)

November 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 6, 2020

A Distinguished Scholar Webinar featuring Bart D. Ehrman According to the most recent Pew Research Poll, 72 percent of all Americans believe in a literal heaven as a place of eternal blessing for departed souls, while 58 percent believe in a literal hell and its eternal torments. Although Christians have believed these ideas for centuries, they are not taught in the Old Testament or in the teachings of the historical Jesus. So where did they come from? Were they simply…

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Heaven and Hell: Ancient Ideas about the Afterlife (encore)

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 6, 2020

A Distinguished Scholar Webinar featuring Bart D. Ehrman According to the most recent Pew Research Poll, 72 percent of all Americans believe in a literal heaven as a place of eternal blessing for departed souls, while 58 percent believe in a literal hell and its eternal torments. Although Christians have believed these ideas for centuries, they are not taught in the Old Testament or in the teachings of the historical Jesus. So where did they come from? Were they simply…

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Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

$35

featuring Nadia Yaqub, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies   First writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Widely acclaimed as Nobel Prize-winner Mahfouz’s best novel, Midaq Alley brings to life one of the hustling, teeming back alleys of Cairo in the 1940s. No other novel so vividly evokes the sights and sounds of the city. Never has his talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than here, in his portrait of one small…

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Brown Bag German Language Lunch

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Christina Weiler, Teaching Assistant Professor of German Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion.…

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Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

$35

featuring Nadia Yaqub, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies   First writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Widely acclaimed as Nobel Prize-winner Mahfouz’s best novel, Midaq Alley brings to life one of the hustling, teeming back alleys of Cairo in the 1940s. No other novel so vividly evokes the sights and sounds of the city. Never has his talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than here, in his portrait of one small…

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December 2020

Njal’s Saga by Anonymous

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until December 8, 2020

$35

featuring Paul Roberge, Professor of Germanic Languages and Professor of Linguistics   Considered the greatest of the Icelandic sagas Written in the thirteenth century, Njal’s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems—from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law’s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal’s Saga…

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Brown Bag French Language Lunch

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$15

featuring Jessica Tanner, Assistant Professor of French Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming virtual environment? Bring your own brown bag lunch to any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch over Zoom chat where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language…

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Njal’s Saga by Anonymous

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until December 8, 2020

$35

featuring Paul Roberge, Professor of Germanic Languages and Professor of Linguistics   Considered the greatest of the Icelandic sagas Written in the thirteenth century, Njal’s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems—from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law’s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal’s Saga…

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