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October 2014
$20

Debt and Taxes

October 29 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Data show that the U.S. national debt has risen substantially in recent years. Most economists agree that growth in government debt should be curtailed and that eventual debt reduction is a good idea. But how urgent is the problem of government debt? This lecture will consider U.S. public debt from an economist’s perspective and will investigate whether or not U.S. debt is dangerously close to a tipping point from which recovery would be difficult.

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November 2014
$20

Environmental Markets

November 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Regardless of its obvious benefits, economic activity also has negative environmental impacts. But can markets equally be the solution to environmental degradation? The use of market-like mechanisms in environmental regulation is now well established. This lecture will discuss a few general principles of environmental markets and use the prominent examples such as markets for air and water pollution to assess their efficacy in reducing harm—and generating profits.

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$125

Sex, Science, and the Supernatural: Getting to the Bottom of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

November 7 @ 4:30 pm - November 8 @ 12:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Once again, we pair up with PlayMakers Repertory Company, this time to take a closer look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Of all of Shakespeare’s works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream stirs the imagination of young and old perhaps more than any other, and remains an audience favorite to this day. Part farce and part fantasy, the play is, however, much more than a whimsical fairy tale. Take a tour through the many worlds in the work with the entertaining and…

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Free

The Berlin Wall 25 Years Later

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
George Watts Hill Alumni Center,
106 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, 27599 United States
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A Program in the Humanities and General Alumni Association Panel Event  FREE and open to the public. Twenty-five years ago on November 9, the seemingly unthinkable happened in the blink of an eye. After 28 years of standing as a (literally) concrete symbol of the divide between East and West that defined the Cold War, the Berlin Wall fell. Its collapse heralded the contemporary globalized world, whose onset was so sudden and complete that we’ve hardly had time to catch…

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$80.00

Table Talk: Theme’s from Sondheim’s Into the Woods

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rizzo Center,
150 Dubose House Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States

Offered in Conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods Following the success of last spring’s Table Talk, we are excited to collaborate with PlayMakers this fall to offer an evening of great food, wine, and even better conversation. Scholars and artists will offer short prompts on themes in Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods, set in magical fairy tale woods. Guided discussions over a four-course meal will be interspersed with cast appearances. There is only…

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Free

The People on the Bus: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides in North Carolina

November 20 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Chapel Hill Public Library,
100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Imagine a time when traveling on a bus beside a person of a different race meant risking your life. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white “Freedom Riders” endured threats, beatings, and imprisonment, for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South. Inspired by the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation riders who traveled with the same goal – and made a historic stop in Chapel Hill – their courage to deliberately violate Jim Crow…

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Sports in American Society

November 22 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

We modern Americans are the most sports-crazed society in the history of the world. We sign up our kids in youth sports leagues before they can walk; turn players into mythic national heroes; and spend billions on cable subscriptions, tickets, and more. How did sports come to matter so much in America? What does this say about our society? And how can we better understand the pleasures and problems of America today through the lens of sports? This seminar will attempt to answer…

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December 2014

Resurrections: Reviving Extinct Languages, Cultures, and Species

December 6 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

We like to think the past is behind us and we can’t bring it back, but several scholars and researchers spend their time doing just that. This interdisciplinary seminar will look at how humans are bringing things back to life in the fields of biology, archeology, and linguistics. Linguist David Mora-Marin will introduce us to “dead” languages and show how they are deciphered and in some cases relearned. Archeologist Brian Billman will present his research on the rise and fall…

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