When: Wed., Sept. 1, 3-5 p.m. 2010
Have you found yourself loathing the quality of political discourse in this country, with everything from lower Manhattan zoning issues to presidential vacations becoming fodder for screaming insults in the blogosphere and on the airwaves? Well, you're not alone. Come discuss this phenomenon with John McGowan, the Ruel W. Tyson Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill, who will lead a seminar called "Our Polarized Political Culture" this afternoon.
This event is the first in a series of three Wednesday programs presented by UNC's Program in the Humanities and Human Values and hosted by Flyleaf Books. The series is intended to "draw on the humanities to nurture a deeper understanding of our history and culture, enrich the life of the mind and contribute to the development of a more humane world." The other two topics are "Assessing the Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization" (Sept. 22, look out!) and American cookbooks (Nov. 17).
Not just for UNC students, this series offers a chance for thoughtful discussion and debate of current issues, plus a reception afterward. Each lecture costs $30 and includes coffee and tea, as well as wine and hors d'oeuvres. Visit adventuresinideas.unc.edu for suggested readings and to register. —Zack Smith