The UNC Program for Public Discourse is working to encourage a culture of debate and deliberation through curricular and extracurricular programs, enabling our students to be better citizens, leaders and stewards for our democracy. The Program is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and includes faculty from across the University.
Learn more about the UNC Program for Public Discourse, its opportunities for students and faculty and its popular events.
$8 million investment from Nancy and Doug Abbey establishes the Abbey Speaker Series in the Program for Public Discourse. Read full article here.
In summer 2020, Sarah Treul, a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Political Science at Carolina, was appointed as faculty director of the Program, and Kevin Marinelli, former professor of rhetoric at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, began as executive director. Read full article here.
The UNC Program for Public Discourse has recently hosted virtual events with more than 400 participants for each. Check out more information about previous and upcoming events below. Anyone can register to attend the free events offered through the Abbey Speaker Series.
Click here for the recording of “The Future of Conservatism,” held on March 23, 2021.
Click here for more information on the inaugural Abbey Speaker Series event, “Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century: Competing Perspectives and Shared Goals” – held on February 23, 2021.
Click here for the recording of "Free Speech on Campus" - held October 20, 2020.
Click here for the recording of Robert P. George and Cornel West in Conversation - held Sept. 10, 2020.