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Cozy Up to UW Professors at an Honors Hearth Event

Mar 24, 2016

Back by popular demand, the Honors Hearth brings Honors students and alumni together with great professors for a free evening of cozy conversation. This is a place to hear reflections from the innovative researchers and thinkers who teach Honors courses, lead expeditions, change laws, and impact the world far beyond our small community. 

At this event you'll learn more about the people behind the curriculum! Last year's talks featured intense intellectual conversation as well as dating stories, commiseration on issues of life balance and much more. Our next event is led by faculty hosts Theo "The Law" Myhre and Ursula "Field Master" Valdez, whose discussion will be steered by the questions you pose as you RSVP. Attendance is rewarded with tiny desserts and hot drinks.

Come to the Honors Hearth Thursday, April 21 at 7pm in the Maple Hall Great Room



About our Hosts:

Ursula "Field Master" Valdez

Ursula is a tropical Ecologist and conservation biologist (PhD in Biology UW). Currently she is  faculty at UW Bothell where she teaches courses on ecology, conservation and natural history. Ursula runs an Exploration Seminar to Peru now in its 9th installment and conducts research on bird ecology in Peru and (recently) in the Bothell area. 

Ursula is also pioneering Honors' Field Studies Program for a second year, teaching the Summer B Term course: "A Natural and Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest" where students conduct research in the San Juan Islands, at Discovery Park, and other exotic locations surprisingly close to home! Student feedback has been very positive, with comments like: "This changed my ideas about how my work in any profession might one day impact the environment," and "It was more fun than any science class I have ever attended.

Theo "The Law" Myhre 

Theo holds a number of advanced degrees including a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, an M.A. in History from Boston College, an M.A. in Modern European Intellectual History from Drew University, a Certificate in Language and Civilization from the University of Paris, and an interdisciplinary B.A. from The Evergreen State College. In 2015, Honors students awarded Myhre the coveted Honors Excellence in Teaching Award (aka "the HETA") for distinguished and engaging faculty who "go above and beyond."

"I must not fail to mention that Professor Myhre's lectures have a soothing feel to them," said Caleb Huffman, who nominated Myhre for the HETA. "I imagine he could quit being a professor and be just fine working as a DJ for an alternative jazz station."