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?
Please check back. Information for the 2016 Honors Institute is coming soon.
What is the location and date for the Keynote Address, Maysoon Zayid?
Maysoon Zayid will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Honors Institute. It will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wright State University Student Union, Apollo Room. 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 2016 Honors Institute Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Please check back. More detailed information will be coming soon.
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 - Physics of the Future featuring Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY)
2015 - The Digital Revolution featuring Mr. Steve Wozniak, co-founder and Apple, creator of the Apple I and II and Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist.