About the Honors Institute
What is the Honors Institute?
The Honors Institute is a multi-track learning experience that includes a provocative community event. Its purpose is to prepare Honors students to think beyond their academic training and to make it a habit of incorporating this training into larger, humanistic considerations of the common good. Focusing each year on a different contemporary intellectual issue of ethical importance, the Institute consists of:
- interdisciplinary Honors seminar(s)
- a civic engagement project for Honors seminar students
- a community keynote address, free and open to the public, delivered by a figure of national or international prominence
- a community Institute luncheon, free and open to the public, including a thought-provoking address from experts, media professionals, or humanities scholars
What is this year's topic?
The 2015 Honors Institute on The Digital Revolution will explore developments in computing and technology from an interdisciplinary perspective.
What is the location and date of An Evening with Steve Wozniak?
An Evening with Steve Wozniak will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The keynote address, in collaboration with the Wright State University Presidential Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.
What is the location and date of the Honors Institute Luncheon?
The 2015 Honors Institute Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, starting at 12:30 p.m. in the WSU Student Union Appollo Room. Lunch will be provided and will feature a luncheon address, "How Smartphones Will Change Everything," by New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo. The Honors Institute Luncheon is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required.
What topics have been featured at previous Honors Institute events?
2006 - The Human Brain featuring Dr. Oliver Sacks, physician and author
2007 - Poverty and Society featuring Dr. Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
2008 - Creating Sustainable Environments featuring Dr. Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize recipient and award-winning academic
2009 - Free Speech in a Global Society featuring Mr. Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize recipient and New York Times columnist
2010 - Connecting with China featuring Mr. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic
2011 - Intersections of Memory featuring Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award winning journalist and author
2012 - Exploring the Oceans featuring Dr. Robert Ballard, Deep-Sea Explorer and Discoverer of the Titanic
2013 - Mysteries of the Universe featuring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
2014 - Pyshics of the Future featuring Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY)