Carolina Public Humanities offers two types of 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 half-day programs that put two scholars in conversation with each other on a related topic.

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

Summer 2018

The Protestant Reformation and Modern Culture Wars | May 18-19

Great Cities: Tokyo and Hong Kong – A Dialogues Seminar | June 2

Politics, Women, and Race in Antebellum North Carolina | June 9

Germany in Transition: Politics and Culture | June 23

The Decline of Great Empires | June 30 *Sold Out*

The Pleasures and Complexities of French Culture | July 14

Fall 2018

World War II in the Pacific | September 8

Power and Ambition: Political Family Dynasties Through the Ages | September 21-22

The World of Tomorrow: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges | September 29

1968: A Global Revolution That Changed the World | October 6

Changes and Continuities in Modern Russian Culture | October 12-13

Syria in Transition – A Dialogues Seminar | October 20

Beyond Gatsby and Bathtub Gin: Rethinking the “Roaring ’20s” | October 27

Bodies in Motion: Learning and Growing Through Human Movement – A Dialogues Seminar | November 3

Korean War Legacies in the US and Asia | November 10

The Global Crisis of Liberal Democracies | December 1




*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 human@unc.edu or contact us by phone at (919) 962-1544.