Each semester, Commonwealth Honors College celebrates faculty who have made a significant contribution to research or creative activity. These faculty share their ideas and insight with honors students in plenary sessions open to the campus community. The lectures highlight academic excellence and scholarship and are also designed to complement the Honors Seminar course entitled "Ideas that Changed the World."

 

Upcoming Lecture

"The Writer’s Perspective: Literary Imagination and Living History"

Sabina Murray, Professor, English
November 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium

A look at the power of engaging history in one’s fiction—of inviting the real into the imagined

 

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

Past Lectures

"(un)Silent Sea"

Sheila Patek, Associate Professor, Biology

November 7, 2012

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"What Would Plato Say about Africa's Odious Debts?"

Léonce Ndikumana, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute

October 3, 2012

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Our Planet, Under Pressure: Current Status and Future Prospects"

Raymond Bradley, University Distinguished Professor of geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center

April 4, 2012

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Coming Out for Change"

M.V. Lee Badgett, Professor, Economics and Director, Center for Public Policy and Administration

March 15, 2012

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Multiple Modes of Inquiry and the Nature of Reality"

David K. Scott, Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

February 14, 2012

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Art as Intellectualism"

Nicholas McBride, Professor, Journalism

November 29, 2011

poster    •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Advertising and the End of the World"

Sut Jhally, Professor, Communication

November 7, 2011

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video

 

 

"Puffers Pond: What's Happening of Great Scientific Importance"

Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences

October 17, 2011

poster    •    press release    •    photos    •    summary

 

 

"The Great Lie of Ideals: From Plato to General Education"

David Lenson, Professor and Program Director, Comparative Literature

September 14, 2011

poster     •     press release     •     photos     •     summary     •     video