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Dunlevie Honors Colloquium

Honors Carolina students meet on weekday evenings each semester to discuss a broad interdisciplinary topic of their own choosing.

The sessions begin with a social gathering, followed by a presentation from a distinguished faculty scholar who shares ideas, discoveries, and challenges related to the topic at hand. The presentation is followed by small student-led discussion groups.

Fall 2014: America’s Future in a Global World

This semester we are revisiting a topic that we first approached in the inaugural offering of the Dunlevie Honors Colloquium: how does America (and how do we as Americans) fit into the changing patterns of a global world?  How does the rise of China and the importance of the Pacific Rim alter our national direction?  Is that shift in foreign policy checkmated by the apparent return to the conditions of a cold war rivalry with Russia?  How does the emergence of America as net producer of energy alter our relationships with our historic energy suppliers?  What does the emergence of the global market mean for you as you begin to think about your careers?  Who is your competition?  As always, we will have eight distinguished speakers drawn from our and nearby faculty to address these issues.

Spring 2015: Food Culture and Foodways

In this seminar, eight distinguished speakers from a wide variety of disciplines will address how food production and consumption shape the way we live and how we imagine those lives.  Our perspectives will include the science of nutrition, the politics of regulation and distribution, the ceremonial significance of food in our daily practices and the representation of food in film and literature.  In addition to professors from these disciplines, we will also turn to others in the Triangle who have played a role in such issues as the local food movement.

 

Click here to see a list of previous colloquium topics.