The "What's the big idea?" Lecture series has ended. Check back later this summer for fall offerings.

Recent "What's the Big Idea?" lecture series topic: Refugees

A father celebrates his family’s safe passage to Lesbos after a stormy crossing over the Aegean Sea from Turkey. © Tom Stoddart, 2015

There are about 65 million refugees or displaced people around the world. The United States has played a leading role in resettlement efforts and welcoming people in need. Orange County alone is home to an estimated 1300 refugees, with more arriving each month. Who qualifies as a refugee? What are the issues facing refugees? How will we address this growing challenge? Engage in discussion with some of Carolina’s leading faculty and community experts, as they share research and insights, from a global, local and humanitarian perspective.

All programs hosted at the Friday Center
10/12, 10/19, & 11/12 programs - 7–8:30 pm
10/26 program - 7-9 pm
Fees: $10 per session or all four for $30.


Classes are held at the Friday Center, which offers ample free parking. The Friday Center is located approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273). See Map and Directions to the Friday Center.


For more information, call 919-962-3000.

Note: In accordance with University policy, minors are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have an idea for an enrichment class, or know someone who would make a great instructor, please contact Annette Madden.

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