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Upcoming Events

May 2016
$6

Adult Spelling Bee

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
DSI Comedy Theater,
462 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Were you T-O-P of your C-L-A-S-S when it came to spelling? Do you keep a dictionary on your bedside table in case of emergencies? Do you enjoy watching people stumble over “chrysanthemum” in front of a crowd? The Spelling Bee, sponsored by Flyleaf Books & UNC Humanities Program. Beer will be swilled and words will be spelled and we'll determine which Triangle resident can bring the heat when it comes to linguistic feats. Think you could be the champion? Sign…

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Humanities Happy Hour: Why We Should Pay Attention to Country Music in Today’s World

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Top of the Hill – Back Bar,
100 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Come raise a glass with scholars from UNC's College of Arts & Sciences. Each month will feature a different faculty member posing trivia questions on a humanities topic and discussing the answers in a casual setting. Free snacks and a little bit of knowledge. On May 18, Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, Jocelyn Neal will discuss Why We Should Pay Attention to Country Music in Today’s World. No need to register! Just show up ready for…

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$20

French Language Lunch

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Monday, May 23rd, 2016 French Lunch Jessica Tanner, Assistant Professor of French Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills? Join UNC faculty discussion leaders at Flyleaf Books for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language for the hour. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. A brown bag lunch will be provided. Language Lunches are at…

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June 2016
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Hitler and the Holocaust

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg JUNE 4, 2016 - Preregistration Required Professor Weinberg will examine the personal relationship of Adolf Hitler to the Holocaust at a time when much of the current literature on the subject either ignores his role entirely or barely alludes to it. We will look at some of the evidence on his early views about Jews including the public advocacy of extermination by 1920. After a review of Hitler’s moves against Jews as…

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The Humanities & Community: Transplanting Creativity

June 5 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Kidzu Children’s Museum,
123-B W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, United States
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For us, the Humanities are all about education, understanding, and community-building. So bring yourselves, your kids, and your grandkids to the Program in the Humanities’ first Collaborative Community Event! Transplanting Traditions Community Farm in Chapel Hill provides refugee adults and youth access to land, agricultural education, and micro-enterprise opportunities. The youth of these refugee families have collaborated with FRANK artists and community members to create a bilingual children’s book* on Karen cultural history and farming traditions: Transplanting Traditions. Join the…

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$20

Spanish Language Lunch

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Monday, June 6, 2016 Spanish Lunch Hélène de Fays, Senior Lecturer of Spanish Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills? Join UNC faculty discussion leaders at Flyleaf Books for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language for the hour. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. A brown bag lunch will be provided. Language Lunches are…

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Faulkner and Steinbeck, Aging Together: American Authors in the Cold War

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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June 7, 2016 Heidi Kim, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Heidi Kim discusses her research into American literature and literary criticism in the 1950s, a decade when established authors like William Faulkner and John Steinbeck suddenly found themselves political icons, representing the best of American culture in the fight against communism. How did they navigate these pressures in their continuing artistic output, at a time when (in spite of their Nobel Prizes) critics often pronounced both of them…

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Genetics, the Environment, and Identity

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden,
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States

In Collaboration with the North Carolina Botanical Garden JUNE 11, 2016 - Preregistration required What is an “authentic” natural environment? What is the essence of an organism? What role do our genes play in making a being, and what influences their expression? This seminar will delve into the world of genetics, epigenetics, and the environment to tackle fundamental questions of identity. Johnny Randall of the North Carolina Botanical Garden will discuss how conservationists approach preserving natural biomes and restoring damaged…

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Young Authors, Young Artists

June 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

June 14, 2016 Laurie Langbauer, Professor of English and Comparative Literature The creative power of young people continues to fascinate us: Anne Frank began her diary at thirteen. Malala Yousafzai, youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize, came to fame as a blogger for the BBC when she was eleven. Laurie Langbauer explored the history of important writing by teenagers in her recent book The Juvenile Tradition. Now she is researching young artists around the turn of the twentieth century…

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Humanities Happy Hour: How Can Storytelling Survive our Digital Age?

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Top of the Hill – Back Bar,
100 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Come raise a glass with scholars from UNC's College of Arts & Sciences. Each month will feature a different faculty member posing trivia questions on a humanities topic and discussing the answers in a casual setting. Free snacks and a little bit of knowledge. On June 15, Lecturer in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, Scott Myers will discuss the question: How Can Storytelling Survive our Digital Age? No need to register! Just show up ready for a good…

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French Language Lunch

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Monday, June 20th, 2016 French Lunch Jessica Tanner, Assistant Professor of French Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills? Join UNC faculty discussion leaders at Flyleaf Books for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language for the hour. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. A brown bag lunch will be provided. Language Lunches are at…

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Human Rights in the Modern Middle East

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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June 22, 2016 Sarah D. Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History No place on Earth has seen more violence and disruption in the past 20 years than the Middle East. From economic sanctions to wars, to terrorism and torture, to dictatorships and superpower interventions, human rights violations seemingly define the region’s recent history. Sarah Shields discusses cases of human rights transgressions from an historical perspective, and offers her take on the reasons for the desperate state…

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The Turbulent Decade: 1965-1975

June 25 @ 9:00 am - June 26 @ 4:15 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In Collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum JUNE 24-25, 2016 - Preregistration required War, Woodstock, revolution, riots, moon landings, protests, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll: 1965-1975 was definitely a Turbulent Decade. Nearly fifty years later, reconsider how the social, cultural, and political upheaval of this brief era still resonates. We’ll kick off this seminar at the Ackland Art Museum on Friday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Chief Curator Peter Nisbet will introduce us to the work of legendary American photographer…

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Human Rights in the Contemporary World: From the Cold War to Guantanamo

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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June 29, 2016 Michael Cotey Morgan, Assistant Professor of History The idea of human rights gained worldwide currency in the 1960s and 1970s and played a key role in ending the Cold War. This complex idea has provoked fierce debates about US foreign policy, the meaning of peace, and the use of torture. Michael Cotey Morgan examines contemporary arguments about human rights and discusses how the Cold War’s legacy influences ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. TIME: 5:00…

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July 2016
$65.00

Brazil on the Global Stage: A Dialogues Seminar

July 9 @ 12:55 pm - 4:15 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

In collaboration with the UNC-CH Institute for the Study of the Americas JULY 9, 2016 - Preregistration Required An ethnically diverse nation of more than two hundred million people increasingly integrated with a globalized economy, Brazil has rightfully assumed its role as a major player on the world stage. The world has fallen in love with the country’s vibrant culture; its bright flag conjuring in the eye of the beholder the sounds of samba, and the sight of Corcovado over…

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