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May 2015
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Napoleon and His Legacy: Warfare, Politics, and Culture

May 29 @ 4:30 pm - May 30 @ 1:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s final defeat at Waterloo in June 1815. Recognizing the long-term influence of Napoleon’s life and imperial actions, this seminar will examine the emergence of the Napoleonic imperial regime after the French Revolution of 1789, Napoleon’s significance as a military commander, the enduring legacy of Napoleonic warfare, and Napoleon’s diverse influences on European culture. Lloyd Kramer and Max Owre will interpret Napoleon’s life and career, drawing on their expertise in French history to connect…

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June 2015
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Adult Spelling Bee

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
DSI Comedy Theater,
462 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Part variety show, part serious inquiry into the public’s orthography skills, and mostly just a fun time, this event will be the first of many events mixing entertainment with just a modicum of scholarly endeavor. Anyone can take part and teams are welcome. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Be prepared to show identification. Our spelling bees employ a tongue-in-cheek philosophy: you have been warned not to take this too seriously! If you have questions please write…

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The American Musical: From “Show Boat” to “Oklahoma!”

June 6 @ 9:15 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar Featuring Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music June 6, 2015 Join Adventure in Ideas favorite, Tim Carter, as he brings an important era in the history of American musicals to life through four lectures. The 1930s marked a formative decade for American musical theater on the stage and the silver screen. The issue was not just how the arts might best respond to difficult economic circumstances (the Great Depression) and changing political circumstances…

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Was Congress Always Like This? Will It Always Be Like This?

June 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Headlines proclaim that our most recent full Congress was the least productive, and some go so far as to call it “the worst” Congress in decades. Tom Carsey will explore possible reasons for these claims, looking backward to evaluate whether today’s Congress is unique as well as forward to speculate on whether we can expect more of the same. Is Congress broken, and if so, can it be fixed? All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in…

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2015 Alumni Summer College: Living a Balanced Life: Families, Children and Society-Then and Now

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - June 21 @ 2:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

This year’s Alumni Summer College is organized in conjunction with the General Alumni Association and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Come back to Carolina to explore the world of ideas. Get up close and personal with UNC’s talented faculty as they challenge and stimulate you in ways you may not have imagined possible. Enjoy accommodations on campus in Old West on McCorkle Place, close to Franklin Street and other familiar places in Chapel Hill. (*If the Carolina Inn is more your style,…

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The Art & Science of a Medieval “First in Flight”

June 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbooks are clear evidence that interest in the possibility of human flight has a long history predating the Wright Brothers, but few realize that experiments in flight occurred as early as the ninth century. Glaire Anderson discusses a long-lost medieval Arabic account of a flight that took place in Córdoba, the capital of Islamic Spain. She argues that this account, and the earliest Islamic scientific instruments, reveal unexpected but meaningful links between early Islamic art, architecture, and…

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Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Yearning to revisit some of your old favorites with engaged peers and a learned discussion leader? After a successful first semester, we are pleased to continue our Great Books Reading Groups this summer in partnership with Flyleaf Books of Chapel Hill. Join Hilary Lithgow for a session on context and meaning, and then return in two weeks to tackle substantive issues in Heart of Darkness. To be sure we are literally on the same page, every participant will receive a…

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The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning

June 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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China has promoted sustainable urban development since the early 2000s, particularly new urbanism ideals of transit-oriented development (TOD) of satellite towns. Yet most experts indicate that these new cities ultimately fail to meet their sustainability goals. Robin Visser analyzes three case studies of Chinese “eco-city” development in the context of China’s rapidly evolving urbanization strategies. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for these events. Program Tuition: Tuition is $20…

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July 2015
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Earth, the Arts, and the Meaning of Nature

July 11 @ 9:15 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Human beings have always tried to understand Earth’s place in the universe and their own place in the natural world, but these issues have taken on increased urgency in an era of climate change and continuing threats to ecological systems. This wide-ranging seminar will explore changing perceptions of our planet among both scientists and creative artists. Adrienne Erickcek will discuss recent studies of the “Big Bang” and current astronomical knowledge of the earth’s long-term trajectory within the universe. Carolyn Allmendinger…

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August 2015
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Adult Spelling Bee

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
DSI Comedy Theater,
462 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Part variety show, part serious inquiry into the public’s orthography skills, and mostly just a fun time, this event will be the first of many events mixing entertainment with just a modicum of scholarly endeavor. Anyone can take part and teams are welcome. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Be prepared to show identification. Our spelling bees employ a tongue-in-cheek philosophy: you have been warned not to take this too seriously! If you have questions please write…

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