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The Honors College provides students opportunities and skills to succeed as both a student and professional, many of which come from outside of the classroom.
Honors students are required to live in Gateway Residence Hall for one year, among the university’s best and brightest students.
Honors students are given many opportunities to participate in programs and activities that allow them to learn beyond the classroom.
Our Honors Ambassadors program allows our students to work towards improving the Honors College and the community through service, leadership, and innovation.
Service and Community Engagement
Honors students participate in a number of Honors-sponsored volunteer activities and are encouraged to serve the community outside of the opportunities afforded by the Honors College.
Another major initiative of the Honors College is the leadership lecture series. This year, our lecture series was based off of the Voyages for Discovery Lecture Series. Details for the 2015-2016 season lectures can be found below.
"What's in a Name? Memorials and Historical Memory" Dr. Derek Alderman, Head of the Department of Geography, University of Tennessee in Knoxville & Dr. Alfred Brophy, Judge J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law Tuesday, January 26 | 7:30 pm | Hendrix Theater
Dr. Derek Alderman is a cultural and historical geographer interested in public memory, popular culture and heritage tourism in the U.S. South. Much of his work focuses on the rights of African Americans to claim the power to commemorate the past and shape cultural landscapes as part of a broader goal of social and spatial justice. His work spans many aspects of the southern landscape, including Civil Rights memorials, slavery and plantation heritage tourism sites, NASCAR, Graceland and Memphis, Mayberry and film tourism, and the cultural geography of kudzu.
Dr. Alfred Brophy has written extensively on race and property law in colonial, antebellum and early 20th Century America. He is the author or co-author/editor of six books on race reparations, property law and American legal history. In addition, he has published extensively in law reviews. Currently, Brophy is completing a book on antebellum jurisprudence, tentatively titled "University, Court, and Slave," which will be published by Oxford University Press.
"Navajo Code Talkers: In-Depth with Zonnie Gorman" Zonnie Gorman, Historian of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
Wednesday, March 23 | 7:30 pm | Hendrix Theater
Recognized historian of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, Zonnie Gorman is an expert in her field and a dedicated teacher. She has served as a consultant to numerous documentaries, museum exhibitions and authors. Gorman is currently the Project Coordinator for the Circle of Light Navajo Educational Project (CLNEP), a nonprofit organization founded in May 2001 and located in Gallup, New Mexico. CLNEP offers a variety of Navajo role models to youth and fosters cultural pride and self-worth, while educating them along with non-Navajos about the rich history, culture, language and contributions of the Navajo people.
"Making Sense in a World of Trouble" Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst, and Director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, September 29 | 7:30 pm | Wright Auditorium
One of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, documentary producer, and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named books of the year by the Washington Post. The books have been translated into 20 languages. He is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security and CNN's national security analyst. He has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
"Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences" Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Consciousness Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tuesday, October 27 | 7:30 pm | Wright Auditorium
In this lecture, Moody will describe the common elements of near-death experiences, as medical doctors in many countries have studied them. Also, he will describe shared death experiences, an identical phenomenon reported by bystanders at the death of some other person. Moody traces debates on these topics back to Plato and Democritus, who argued about whether near-death experiences indicate an afterlife, or just a dying brain. Moody will discuss fascinating new ways of studying such experiences and their relationship to humanity's biggest question: what happens when we die?