Great Ideas Event

The Great Ideas Event, originally stemming from HNRS 2020: Critical Thinking About Great Ideas curriculum, is a co-curricular opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills, sharpen communication skills, and forge connections across curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Faculty members propose and facilitate topics for discussion. Students choose from a variety of topics that they wish to further discuss and prepare for the conversation through supplemental readings, films/videos, etc. to create a rich discussion with their peers and Honors staff and faculty.

This event will take place Fall 2021 school year. If you have questions, please contact

  • What a Monk Told Me About Building Community on a College Campus
  • Zombies from Page to Screen:
    A Discussion of The Walking Dead
  • Armed and Dangerous - The Politics of Michelle Obama’s Biceps
  • How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Skills to Stay Safe and Sound in This and Future Worlds
  • Human Evolution: A Work in Progress…
  • Human Belief Systems: Clinging to Tenuous Beliefs and How to Influence Beliefs

Past discussion topics included:

  • The Person Behind the Mask:
    How the Power of Self-Delusion Inhibits Our Ability to Achieve Our True Potential
  • V for Vendetta
  • Sarah Palin: Why We Love (to Hate) Her
  • Let Food Be Your Medicine
  • Rape and the Slut Walk
  • J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy: Literature in a Post-Wizard World