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We now have two formats for our weekend seminars: Adventures in Ideas and Dialogues.

Adventures in Ideas is our flagship program. We have hosted over 850 seminars since 1979, educating and entertaining over 55,000 participants. These sessions feature in-depth explorations of topics drawing on the latest scholarship and the most dynamic faculty from UNC and other area institutions. Built around a single topic, theme, approach, or sometimes purposely eclectic, these seminars help us appreciate the depth and interwoven nature of knowledge.

Dialogues are shorter format programs that feature two presentations and a more condensed schedule for those who want to learn about a topic in depth, but may not have time for an Adventures in Ideas seminar.

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Fall 2016 (click titles for detailed descriptions)

Portraits and Politics in the Age of Elizabeth I
In collaboration with the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the North Carolina Museum of Art
September 10, 2016

Jesus Before the Gospels: Distorted Memory and the Historical Jesus
An Encore Seminar featuring Distinguished Scholar Seminar Bart Ehrman
September 16-17, 2016

Great Cities in the Middle East: Tehran & Istanbul — A Dialogues seminar
In collaboration with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
October 1, 2016

World War II’s Important but Forgotten Battles
A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg
October 15, 2016

History, Social Commentary, and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
In collaboration with the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of The Crucible
October 22, 2016

Innovation in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
October 29, 2016

Great Cities in Europe: Paris & Berlin — A Dialogues Seminar
In collaboration with the UNC Center for European Studies
November 12, 2016

The Art of Science and the Science of Art
A Special Seminar celebrating Joel Kingsolver
November 18-19, 2016

Great Cities in India — A Dialogues Seminar
In collaboration with the Carolina Asia Center
December 5, 2016




*If a seminar is marked “sold out,” we urge you to sign up for the waiting list as a place may become available. Also, if there is a significant demand, we may repeat the seminar and you will have the opportunity to register first. To be placed on a waiting list for a sold out seminar, please send an email with your name(s), address, and daytime phone number to or contact us by phone at (919) 962-1544.


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