The Humanities in Action series is our homage to the tradition of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believe that knowledge could forage a moral community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by encouraging our audience to apply what they learn to their civic life. Come engage with contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment.

These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues. All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.


This spring we collaborate with the UNC/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program to highlight this interdisciplinary program’s faculty, who are exploring public issues in their research. For each contemporary challenge, we should ask: What is the ethical course of action? What political risks emerge in confronting it? What are the social and economic costs? Join us for 10 lectures on current controversies that demand ongoing dialogue.

Tuition: Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events for $125.00 ($90.00 for GAA members). Register in advance for $18.00 ($13.00 for GAA Members). Each lecture is $20.00 at the door.

If you take the GAA discount and are not a GAA member, you will be asked to join or pay the difference before the event. To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends.

Fall 2018

The Social Life of the Immune System | September 11

The Social Scientist as “Expert Witness” in Cases of Religious Freedom | September 18

The Appeal of Living in a Black Community: From Durham to the Caribbean | September 25

Are Black Immigrants a Model Minority? | October 2

Big Money College Sports: University Responses and Faculty Roles & Rights | October 9

The Curious Costs of College: Cost Drivers & Lessons | October 16

The Cultural Politics of Protest During the Trump Presidency | October 23

Arrested Development: How the Criminalization of Schools Hurts Us All | October 30

November 6 Election Day: No Lecture So Everyone Can VoteFind your voter registration information here.

The 2018 Elections: What Do They Mean? | November 13


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Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd) flyleaf-logo
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to The Root Cellar (Formerly Foster’s Market)
Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 11-6
Phone# 919-942-7373