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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

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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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

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

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

July 11 @ 9:15 pm

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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