Start: 4:30 pm
Tue 2/26 4:30pm-6pm (ticketed) UNC Humanities: Spotlight on Scholars: Beware the Word “Sacrifice” with Fred Naiden, Associate Professor of History “Sacrifice” in the Western tradition began with the burnt offerings of the Old Testament and also of the ancient Greeks, whose practices are the subject of Fred Naiden’s new book, Smoke Signals for the Gods. He explores the use and abuse of the word “sacrifice” in both ancient and recent times, especially abuse at the hands of political leaders. Instead of a practice designed to assuage guilt, sacrifice was a way to make contact with a divine being. Beware: sacred cows and sacrificial lambs might be at risk. The Program in the Humanities and Human Values, a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, offers engaging and innovative public seminars and lectures on a variety of topics and themes throughout the year. Our programs draw upon the humanities to nurture a deeper understanding of history and culture, enrich the life of the mind, and contribute to the development of a more humane world. Spotlight on Scholars is our newest program exemplifying the diversity of scholarship at Carolina. Developed in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, these sessions will feature UNC-Chapel Hill faculty discussing their recent work—their new books or newest scholarly passion. Come find out what the University’s scholars are writing and thinking about and join in the discussion. Spotlight on Scholars events take place on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf. There are no preparatory readings for Spotlight on Scholars events. Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit alumni.unc.edu or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door. Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 8 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 4 Humanities in Action lectures) for $100.00 ($50.00 for GAA members). For all questions and to register, please call 919-962-1544 or go online at http://humanities.unc.edu/register/
Start: 7:00 pm
Tues 2/26 7pm-8pm Ariel Djanikian reads from her science fiction novel The Office of Mercy A thrilling debut of a postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games. Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it. The Office of Mercy is speculative fiction at its best with a deeply imagined, lush world, high-stakes adventure, and romance that will thrill fans of Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, Justin Cronin, and Kazuo Ishiguro.