N.C. History Series

Point of Contact

Douglass Payne '04 ('06 MAT)
Senior Coordinator of Alumni Education and Travel
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Douglass has served as coordinator of alumni education and travel since 2013. She enjoys playing her cello, traveling internationally, knitting and running in her free time. At home, Douglass excels as a gluten-free baker and at showering her daughter Millie and son Henry with love.

The GAA’s overwhelmingly popular N.C. History Series, taught by Freddie Kiger ’74 (’77 MAT), will take a look at the life of Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, delve into the University’s past, tell stories of Dale Earnhardt and more. Explore with us the issues and events that define us as a state.

COVID-19 Update: Our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of our alumni and friends as we navigate the evolving impact of coronavirus. Our in-person N.C. History Series classes have been postponed and the field-study trip to Gettysburg has been cancelled.

We are working to provide more of Freddie’s engaging lecturers virtually and will announce updates here as well as via email. Past lectures include War of the Tuscarora and Charles Kuralt. Please contact Douglass Payne with any questions.

Lecturer: Freddie Kiger ’74 (’77 MAT)

Fred Kiger portrait head shotFreddie leads our North Carolina History Series. Freddie has over 40 years of teaching experience and has two degrees from UNC, a bachelor’s in history and a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in history. Listen to Freddie on our Hark the Sounds podcast or the Threads from the National Tapestry podcast.

How to Add Classes to Existing Registration

Our registration form resets once a year to list fall and spring classes. To add classes to your initial registration (“modify your registration”), you can email Douglass or follow the instructions in your original confirmation email:

Be sure you have your confirmation number, you will need this to modify your registration.  It can be found on your confirmation email.

At the bottom of your confirmation email (just above the privacy notice information), click on the link that reads: Click here to view the event summary. 

This will take you to the Modify Registration page.

On the Modify Registration page, under the Lifelong Learning Series Program header, click the Modify button:

·         If you are adding events for you, click the registration link to the left of your name

·         If you are adding events for your guest, click the registration link to the left of the guest’s name

·         If you need to add a new guest, click on the Add Another Guest button

Follow the prompts from here.

Lecture Details

Tuition: $40 per lecture; GAA members pay only $25 per lecture

GAA member discount
only pertains to the member. If you are a member and your spouse/guest is not a member, your spouse/guest tuition must be at the standard rate. The GAA verifies membership prior to final processing.

Refunds for lectures: Tuition is fully refundable for any cancellation made three weeks prior to the lecture. Any cancellation after that time is subject to a 50 percent fee. No tuition is refunded if the cancellation is made within 24 hours of the lecture.

Changing lectures: We will be happy to accommodate lecture change requests made within five business days prior to the lecture.

Lecture dates may change due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, tuition will be refunded in full.

Weeknight Parking

When available, parking on Stadium Drive costs $1 for the evening on weeknights, per the new Weeknight Parking program. To pay for your weeknight parking pass, use the parking machine (pictured below), which is located on the left-hand side of our front entrance, or use the app, ParkMobile.

If space is unavailable on Stadium Drive, parking is available at the Rams Head Parking Deck (located on Ridge Road behind the George Watts Hill Alumni Center) for $1.75/hr.