Honors' Global Challenges Events

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

INTERDISCIPLINARY ANSWERS

This UW Honors events series convenes speakers from (seemingly) unconnected disciplines in robust conversations that model ways of knowing and forms of respectful debate. Students hear hard conversations where differences are not only respected, but valued and absorbed into evolving perspectives.

Each year we examine a different complex societal problem through an interdisciplinary lens so that everyyone can recognize themselves as agents of positive change. The topics of these 90-minute public conversations are prompted by students. We invite them to wonder about the biggest problems of our world. The scary stuff we can’t hope to solve alone.

NEXT UP: Nationalism, Fake News, and the Power of Culture - CLICK for more info/RSVP

11.15.17, 6PM @ HUB - ALL ARE WELCOME! 

 

students clean up a mess in national park

HONORS STUDENTS WORK ON THE MESSY STUFF TOGETHER

 

We don’t arrive at consensus, nor claim authority on any single subject. We model public discourse and global citizenship in practice. The Honors community is driven to learn and contribute in collaborative, interdisciplinary settings. This approach is at the core of our program, and reflects the public mission of the University of Washington. 

 

how it works

Honors freshmen set the topic

Staff and faculty identify three diverse, dynamic speakers

Everybody is invited to join the conversation

 

 

past events

Health and Poverty, 2015

LaShawnDa Pittman (American Ethnic Studies)

Chandan Reddy (Gender, Women & Sexuality)

Steve Gloyd (Global Health/Medicine)

 

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Talking about Climate Change, 2016

Jean Dennison (Anthropology/Colonialism)

David Battisti (Atmospheric Sciennces)

Hanson Hossein (Communication Leadership)

 

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Audio recording of our 2016 Global Challenges conversation on Climate Change: 


"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world."
- Dr. Paul Farmer