Great Ideas Event

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

Faculty members propose interesting table topics for discussion over delicious food. Then, as part of registration, students each choose one of these topics that they are interested in and inform their ideas through supplemental readings, films/videos, etc. to create a rich discussion with their peers and Honors staff and faculty. This event will take place on September 28 and October 2 for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions, please contact Bailey Bushman.

Popular past topics include:

  • 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
  • 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