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Fall 2021

What's Happening, Fall 2021-check here for events, civic engagement, and social opportunities to meet  Honors students and mentors.

The Tenney Distinguished lecture will be delivered by award winning children's book author, Kate Klise.  She will also be workshopping writing for children in Professor Jane Dougherty's UHON seminar, Exploring Children's Literature this Fall.  

Reading and Reception: Thursday, October 21, 4:30-6:30 PM, Guyon Auditorium       



Spring 2021

Why Academics Need to be Part of the Farmers’ Protests in India?:  University Honors is proud to cohost a webinar on the historic farmers agitation currently underway in India.  Other participating institutions are: University of Amsterdam, School of Cultural Analysis; University College London; British Association of South Asian Studies; and The Scholars at Risk Network.

Saturday, February 27, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Register here for the Zoom meeting

Recording available here


Honors Faculty Research Series: Dr. Jean-Pierre Reed (Associate Professor, Sociology)  discusses his new book, Sandinista Narratives: Religion, Sandinismo, and Emotions in the Making of the Nicaraguan Insurrection and Revolution with John Foran (Professor, Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara). The work examines the cultural, ideological, eventful, and emotional factors behind the Nicaraguan insurrection and revolution.

Tuesday March 2,  5:00 to 7 PM.   Register here for the free Zoom meeting

Recording available here


Fall 2020

HearTomorrow:  A free online lecture by Benji Kanters promotes awareness of the increasing problem of noise and music-induced hearing loss. Kanters has 45 years of experience in the music and audio industries and will present new strategies for promoting hearing conservation.  Read more here .  Email honors@siu.edu for the ZOOM link and write “Sound Workshop” in the email subject line.

Friday, Aug. 28th, 1 -P.M..


Book Launch:  Celebrating a new anthology by Honors Faculty, Dr. Jeffrey Punske (Linguistics), coedited with Nathan Sanders and Amy Fountain, Language Invention and Linguistics Pedagogy. (Oxford University Press).  Read more

Thursday, October 15, 5:00-6:00 PM with discussion to follow. To join in, request zoom link from honors@siu.edu.


The Fall 2020 Glassman Lecture will feature the artist, Ben Lowder.  Titled, Temples of Little Egypt, the art exhibition and installation at Bucky's Haven on the SIU Carbondale campus draws together sacred geometry, ancient wisdom traditions and the legacy of Buckminster Fuller into a holistic narrative to guide our collective trajectory toward an abundant and integrated future. Read more

Professor Jay Needham's, Nature of Sound Honors Seminar builds on Ben Loweder's installation. Listen here.

Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 PM: Meet the artist virtual talk and showcase. 

Several limited capacity “Meet the Artist” events will take place at Bucky’s Haven: October 27th, 28th & 29th (RSVP only).  Contact Elizabeth Donoghue at elizabeth.donoghue@siu.edu for more information

Recording of the Glassman Lecture


Previous Events

Honors Lecture Series

Each year, the UHP brings distinguished speakers to our campus.  These presentations offer an opportunity to bring together various disciplines to consider significant questions related to the human condition. In addition to the public lecture, we host workshops, critiques, and explore other forms of intellectual exchange and collaboration.  There are two major lecture series:

MICHAEL & NANCY GLASSMAN LECTURER SERIES were established by Michael and Nancy Glassman.  Nancy and Michael met when they were students at SIUC and have continued to support SIUC by establishing the Lecture series. The list of our distinguished speakers is here.

The CHARLES D. TENNEY DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES is named after Charles D. Tenney, who joined the English Department in 1931 and played a significant role as the Provost in transforming SIU from a teacher’s college into a research university.  The series is animated by the ambition to  to bring the university together in reflecting on big problems, concerns and themes that confront us. The list of our distinguished speakers is here.