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**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks are recommended but not required for all in-person events. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**

Weekend Seminars will be in person for Spring and Summer 2022 – but with virtual options as well!

Of the five (5) Adventures in Ideas seminars and two (2) Dialogues seminars we have planned for this spring, all will be held in person but with a virtual viewing option for those who prefer to participate from the comfort of home (with the exception of the April 2 Dialogues seminar). Tuition for each Adventures in Ideas seminar is $125 to attend in person, with an optional lunch for $20. The two-day seminar on Feb 18-19 has an optional dinner for $25. All Adventures in Ideas seminars offer a virtual viewing option for $75 per seminar. 

Tuition for each Dialogues seminar is $65 to attend in person. The April 23 Dialogues seminar will also offer a virtual viewing option for $50, while the April 2 Dialogues seminar will be held in-person only.

In-person participants: You will receive an information packet in the postal mail 1-2 weeks before the seminar, including directions to the venue and a reading list. (For in-person Dialogues participants, the information packet will be emailed to you 1-2 weeks before the seminar.)

Virtual participants: We will email you the information packet 1 week before the seminar. The Zoom link will be sent to you Friday afternoon before the seminar (or by noon on Friday for the Feb 18-19 seminar). If you have not received the Zoom link by 3pm on Friday, please contact us so we can resend it.


For a more detailed schedule and description of each seminar, simply click on the titles below.


Spring 2022

Adventures in Ideas seminars

The Age of Atlantic Revolutions, 1775-1800 | Saturday, February 5 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

The New Politics of the 21st CenturyFriday, February 18 – Saturday, February 19 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Sacred Sites Across Cultures and Time | Saturday, February 26 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Institutions, Rights, and Society: A Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Exploration | Saturday, March 5 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

The Lesser-Known Theaters of World War II: Scandinavia, Burma, & New Guinea | Saturday, April 30 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Dialogues seminars

Literary Couples | Saturday, April 2 – IN-PERSON

New Perspectives on French Art | Saturday, April 23 – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL


Summer 2022

Adventures in Ideas seminars

The Making of Modern China in Four Acts: Empire, Republic, Party-State, Superpower | Saturday, May 21 (9:15 am-4:15 pm) – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Human Rights Legacy of Emancipation | Saturday, June 18 (9:15 am-3:45 pm) – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Dialogues seminars

A Morning with Liszt | Saturday, June 4 (9:00 am-12:00 pm) – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL

Stoicism and Its Legacies | Saturday, June 11 (9:00 am-12:30 pm) – IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL



Online registration closes at noon the day before the seminar. After this time, please call our office at (919) 962-1544 to inquire about last-minute registration.


Carolina Public Humanities offers two types of weekend seminars: Adventures in Ideas and Dialogues.

Adventures in Ideas is our flagship program. These one- or two-day programs 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. Seminars typically include three or more lectures, a panel discussion, and an optional reception and meal. Seminars might also include access to campus events related to the program theme, such as plays, art exhibits, musical performances, etc.

Dialogues are half-day 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 UNC GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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