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.

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Spring 2019

Cities of European Art: Florence & Paris – A Dialogues Seminar | January 26

Four Great Controversies in Early Christianity | February 1-2 *Sold Out: Email with your name, number of seats requested, and a phone number to be added to the wait list.*

How Long Can a Truth Be Denied? The Life, Ideas, and Memory of Galileo | February 16

Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine – A Dialogues Seminar | February 23

Re-Reading The Catcher In the Rye: A Mental Health Perspective – A Dialogues Seminar | March 2

The Humanities and the Public Life: Celebrating 40 Years of Carolina Public Humanities | March 23

Anxious Eras: Conflicts and Creativity in Uncertain Times | March 29-30

The Versailles Treaty and Its Legacies | April 6

Cities of Cinema: Hollywood and Bollywood | April 27

The Battle of Normandy and the End of World War II: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day | May 4 *Sold Out: Email with your name, number of seats requested, and a phone number to be added to the wait list.*



*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.