According to its website, "Oh the Humanities" vows to put UNC faculty in "compromising positions."
“We wanted to go with people that we knew had thick skin,” said Max Owre, executive director of programming in the humanities. “There’s going to be a slight level of mockery. We’re looking for scholars that have interesting work, who are good on their toes and who are friendly and humorous people in general.”
While Owre insists that "Oh the Humanities" is not a substitute for an actual lecture with either of these decorated professors, he does believe that watching these scholars intellectually spar will ignite a level of interest in the professors’ subject matter.
“It’s a fun way to play with intellectual discourse,” Floyd-Wilson said.
While the event will be fun and playful, Floyd-Wilson said she's there to win.
“If it has to do with points gained in terms of answers right, I won’t win. If it has to do with funnier answers, I will win,” she said.
“I would say my chances of winning are about the same as the French at the Battle of Bouvines,” Whalen said.
The medieval battle was a decisive victory for the French in the 13th century.
Owre, Whalen and Floyd-Wilson are clear about one thing: this event has no specific demographic.
“It’s a wide-open demographic. It’s satisfying for us to see wide age ranges blending together. Everyone’s welcome,” Owre said.
“I think people of all ages should come; it should be students, people in town, the regular comedy crowd to see the DSI shows, other faculty — anyone. I don’t think it’ll be specialized kind of show. Definitely students,” Floyd-Wilson said.
Owre remained neutral in his prediction of the winner, stating that he believes the audience will be the real winner. But Whalen did have a response to Floyd-Wilson’s initial comment.
“Tell her I’m also a fan of Pulp Fiction.”