In an academic world of acute specialization, we believe that all knowledge is interrelated. That’s why the CHP regularly host UT faculty and speakers to expose our students to a wide variety of topics and subjects. We encourage our students to participate in critical discussion beyond the topics within the scope of their major.
The Chancellor’s Honors Program hosts our own events throughout the academic year to give our students a chance to explore interdisciplinary subjects, participate in academic discourse, and make informal contacts with UT faculty. From films to workshops, CHP students have the opportunity to learn almost anything beyond the syllabi of their classes.
Each semester the Chancellor’s Honors Program hosts a series of films led by UT faculty members to engage CHP students in film as a mode of academic discourse. Not only is it fun and entertaining, but also the film series provides a way for our students to engage with faculty in a semi-formal environment, gain an interdisciplinary understanding of art, culture, and social issues.
Past films shown:
- Heart of a Dog
- Blade Runner
- Absence of Malice
- Happy Together
The Chancellor’s Honors Program regularly invites UT faculty from all colleges and departments across campus to present their research, seminars, discussions, and workshops. Often presented to an audience of about 25 students, these lectures serve as extracurricular academic experiences that expose our students to academic material and encourage our students to learn about subjects beyond their major field of study.
Past faculty lectures:
- “Embracing Opportunities: Conflict Management and Difficult Dialogues” presented by Dr. Courtney N. Wright
- “Race, Racism, and Nonviolent Resistance” presented by Dr. Judson Laughter
- “The Importance of Innovation and Creativity in Business (and in Life)” presented by Dr. Charles Noble
Experience Honors is a series of workshops and lectures designed by Honors & Scholars staff to introduce honors students to research, national and international opportunities, and other forms of engaged learning that advance one’s education beyond the courses they take. These workshops, developed by honors staff, help students personalize their honors education and learn how to creatively use their honors requirements in pursuing long-term goals. Previous workshop topics include how to find opportunities to conduct environment and sustainability research and how one’s values guide current and future career decision-making.
Honors in the Field was developed to take students outside of the classroom and campus and into the fields of experts. Honors students can think of Honors in the Field as a mini-experiential education activity. We have taken students to the UT Arboretum to learn about forestry and the environment, students have listened to physicists, sustainability engineers at the Buffalo Mountain wind farm, and scientists from UT’s planetarium.