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About the Abbey Speaker Series

THE ABBEY SPEAKER SERIES is the signature speaker series for the Program for Public Discourse in the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. Four times each year, it brings experts from different disciplines and fields to campus — as individuals, in pairs or on panels — to foster productive dialogue on timely issues across a range of perspectives. These events are free and open to the public.The Abbey Speaker Series was established in 2020 with a generous gift from Nancy, ’74, and Doug Abbey.

Recordings of all previous Abbey Speaker Series events are available on PPD’s YouTube channel.


Senator Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham meeting an attendee.
(From left to right): Cal Cunningham, Senator Thom Tillis, and Dr. Sarah Treul Roberts in discussion.