Monday, September 19, 2011

Honors Community

The Phoenix College Honors Program creates space for the intellectual and cultural development of our entire campus community. All of our events are free and open to the public.

At last week's Open House, we unveiled our new program, Honors Hotspots. Honors students can earn Hotspot points by attending events, recruiting other students to Honors and by earning an A in their Honors course. These points can then be redeemed for Honors mugs and t-shirts, bookstore gift certificates and travel scholarships.

You have three opportunities to earn Hotspot Points this week:

Major Honors events start with the first Honors Forum Lecture of the 2011-12 season this Wednesday.

Dr. Kentaro Toyama, from UC Berkeley's School of Information, presents: "The False Promise of Information Technology: Why Google, Facebook, and the iPhone Aren't What Will Save the World." Worth one Hotspot point. Be sure to sign in at the tables in the lobby before entering the auditorium.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, open to the public

Dinner and the Symphony: A Night Out

The first 10 students to contact the Honors office (602-285-7305, email or come by) will be treated to dinner and the symphony. Mozart's "Piano Concerto 21" is the evening's highlight. Honors professor Dianne Miller is your host. This event is worth one Hotspot point.

Thursday, September 22, dinner 6:00 at Hanny's, symphony at 7:30 at Symphony Hall

Presentation - "Casual Sex: Doing it Philosophically"

Philosophy of Sex instructor Dr. Craig Carley examines the metaphysical considerations and moral perspectives with respect to "hooking up." Worth one Hotspot Point. Be sure to sign in.

Friday, September 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m.,

Upcoming Event Opportunities
Time to Mark Your Calendars

Honors Forum Lectures

The Maricopa Community Colleges proudly present these nationally recognized speakers for the 2011-12 Honors Forum Lecture Series, both of whom will address the theme: “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril & Promise.” Lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Johanna Blakley – Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-8:15 p.m., Navajo Room, Mesa Community College

Brown Bag Discussion – “Me? Eat That Grasshopper?”

While 80% of the world’s people consider insects a delicacy, the mere thought makes most Americans squeamish. Inspired by The New Yorker article, “Grub” (August 15, 2011 issue), Honors Director Liz O’Brien leads a discussion on the practice of entomophagy while exploring issues of culture and sustainability. Bring your lunch.

Friday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., A106

Special presentation – “American Road Artist”

Modeling himself after Odysseus, New York artist Jim Mott sets out on the American Road, exchanging no money and depending only on his wits and his paintbrush to weather his journey. Can he succeed in his attempts to redefine the nature of art, travel, money, and hospitality in an age increasingly defined by individual insularity? Mott’s adventures have been chronicled by many in the national press, including NBC’s Today and American Artist magazine. Join us for this very special presentation, repeated twice. Co­sponsored with the Phoenix College Art Department.

Thursday, October 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room TBA

Food Day

The Honors Program joins other groups on campus to participate in the first annual Food Day, a nation­wide effort committed to food-related issues including reducing diet-related diseases, promoting healthy foods, curbing junk-food marketing to kids, and reforming factory farms.

Monday, October 24, various events, times and locations to be announced.

Brown Bag Discussion - "A Book Discussion with Dr. Celoza"

Dr. Albert Celoza, professor of World Religions and chair of the Liberal Arts Department, summarizes and leads a discussion on Gregory Boyd’s 2006 book, The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church. Boyd argues that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Bring your lunch.

Thursday, October 27, 1:00-2:00, Campus Vista (2nd floor of the Library)

Presentation - "Color Trends"

Why do we no longer see avocado green refrigerators or mauve wallpaper? What’s the future for current hot colors like honeysuckle, coral, and icy blue? Forecasting color trends is big business, and many companies work with industries to select colors for everything from cars and clothing, to housewares, paint and furniture. Laurie Clark, Senior Designer Account Executive with Sherwin-Williams, presents the influence behind current color trends.

Tuesday, November 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room TBA

Phoenix Symphony

Watch your email for details. On each symphony date, we’re planning to create an “evening out,” where in selected students can join an Honors faculty member for a pre-symphony dinner (hosted by Honors), and the “Musically Speaking” events led by the conductor prior to the symphony.

Symphony Hall, Downtown Phoenix

Thursday, November 17 – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Saturday, November 26 – Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

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