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Lunchbox Lectures

Lunchbox lectures featuring UGA faculty are held in Moore College. Attendance is limited to the first 25 students who RSVP. Lunch is provided by the Honors Program through support from the Honors Program Annual Fund.

Lunchbox Lectures 2014-2016

Book Discussions

The Honors Program hosts faculty-led book discussions throughout the year. Discussions are held over dinner, usually in professors' homes, and all books are provided by the Honors Program through support from the Honors Program Annual Fund.

Book Discussions 2014-2016

lunchbox lectures (spring 2016)

Belfast, the Troubles and the Necessity of Art with Dr. Nicholas Allen, Director of the Willson Center and Franklin Professor of English

Cultural Landscapes with Prof. Cari Goetcheus, Associate Professor in the College of Environment and Design

Bombs Away: Legal and Ethical Issues Concerning Chemical and Conventional Weapons-Testing on Vieques, Puerto Rico with Dr. James Porter, Professor of Ecology and Marine Sciences

Looking at the Civil War Through Literature with Dr. Cody Marrs, Assistant Professor of English

Water Stewardship: Good for Business, Good for Citizens with Dr. Maric Boudreau, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

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lunchbox lectures (fall 2015)

Francis, the Argentine Pope: Between Liberation Theology and Climate Change with Dr. Oscar Chamosa, Associate Professor of History

Castles in the Air: The Weather and Policy Contexts of Bounce House Accidents with Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor of Geography

Super PACs, Big Money, and the New Electoral Landscape with Dr. William Lee, Professor of Journalism

Insects - Their Impacts on Our Planet and Human Culture with Dr. Michael Strand, Professor of Entomology

The Real Energy Crises with Dr. John Schramski, Associate Professor of Engineering

Re-examining the Democratic Peace with Dr. Andy Owsiak, Assistant Professor of International Affairs

Water in the Time of Cholera with Dr. Erin Lipp, Professor of Environmental Health Science

Light at the End of the Tunnel: MSC Therapy for Childhood Bone Disease with Dr. Luke Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

Rebel Poetry: Artistic Dissidence and the Making of Modern Iraq with Dr. Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor of History

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lunchbox lectures (spring 2015)

Plants, Genetics, and Society with Dr. Scott Jackson, Professor of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

Hate Speech: Awful, Yet Good for Us with Dr. Charles N. Davis, Dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Coming Together: The Archaeology of Community Integration with Dr. Jennifer Birch, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

An Avian Surgical Demonstration with Dr. Mark Compton, Associate Professor of Poultry Science

The Economics of Healthcare and Health Policy with Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Exploring the Processes of Fine Art Printmaking with Dr. Melissa Harshman, Associate Professor of Art

A Drummer Boy’s Memory Digitized: What a Hundred-Year Old Parlor Trick Tells Us Now about the Structure of the Civil War with Dr. Scott Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the College of Environment and Design

The Linked Literary Legacies of Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker with Valerie Boyd, Associate Professor of Journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence

Government Employee Engagement: Public Service and Motivation with Dr. Bradley E. Wright, Professor and Head of the Department of Public Administration and Policy

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lunchbox lectures (fall 2014)

Mitochondria-targeted Delivery Systems with Dr. Shanta Dhar, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Tracking Consumer Response to New Products on Social Media with Dr. Piyush Kumar, Associate Professor of Marketing, Terry College of Business

Balancing Multiple Identities: Supporting High-Achieving LGBTQ Students in Planning for Life Beyond Graduation with Josh Fletcher, Senior Coordinator of UGA's LGBT Resource Center

Addressing the Burden of Chronic Disease in America with Evidence-Based Programming with Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior

Birds of a Feather Tweet Together: Politics, Twitter, and the Structure of Social Interactions with Dr. Itai Himelboim, Associate Professor of Telecommunications

Children and Hot Cars—Weather, Behavior, and Prevention with Dr. Andrew Grundstein, Professor of Geography

How a Bill Doesn’t Become a Law with Dr. Anthony Madonna, Associate Professor of Political Science

The Walking Dead Visit Jurassic Park with Dr. Mary Bedell, Associate Professor of Genetics

Why the Filibuster Rule is Unconstitutional with Dr. Dan Coenen, University Professor, UGA School of Law

Economic Inequality in the U.S. with Dr. Santanu Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Economics

Framing Campaign 2016 with Dr. Edward Panetta, Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Intercollegiate Debate

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lunchbox lectures (spring 2014)

Neurofinance: The Neural Basis of Financial Decision-Making with Dr. Bradley Paye, Assistant Professor of Finance

An African American Regiment in the French Army: The 369th on the Western Front in 1918 with Dr. John H. Morrow, Franklin Professor of History

Fulfilling UGA's Mission: Linking Teaching, Service, and Research on Bacterial Pathogenesis with Dr. Anna Karls, Associate Professor of Microbiology

The World in Your Time: Globalization and the New College Graduate withDr. David Okech, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Double Consciousness and Hybrid Identity with Dr. Carolyn Medine, Professor of Religion

Death by Family: Honor Violence Against Women with Dr. Mark Cooney, Professor of Sociology

Raising a Dead Language: The Story of Modern Hebrew with Dr. Ari Lieberman, Academic Professional within the Department of Comparative Literature

The Coweeta Listening Project: From Science to Society and Back Again with Dr. Nik Heynen, Professor of Geography

LGBT Rights, Sports, and the Politics of the Olympics with Prof. Vicki Michaelis, Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism

Global Health Systems: The Intersection Between Political Beliefs and Reality with Dr. Richard J. Schuster, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Global Health

Tipping Points in Nature and Society with Dr. John Drake, Associate Professor of Ecology

Anthropology and Theology: A Working Relationship? with Dr. Derrick Lemons, Assistant Professor of Religion

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book discussions (spring 2016)

Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Lihi Ben Shitrit)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit, Assistant Professor of International Affairs

Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (Studs Terkel)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Meg Amstutz, Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Dubliners (James Joyce)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Marisa Pagnattaro, Professor of Legal Studies
Why Evolution is True (Jerry Coyne)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Rhett Jackson, Professor of Hydrology

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones)
Discussion Leader: Dr. John Maurer, Professor of Avian Medicine

Moonwalking with Einstein (Joshua Foer)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jamie Kreiner, Assistant Professor of History

Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (Reyner Banham)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Stephen Ramos, Assistant Professor of Environment and Design

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book discussions (fall 2015)

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Dr. Christopher Pizzino, Assistant Professor of English

A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
Discussion Leader: Jessica Hunt, Assistant Director of the Honors Program

All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Meg Amstutz, Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Brain Rules: 12 Principals for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (John Medina)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Islam (Ian Buruma)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Cass Mudde, Associate Professor of International Affairs

Still Alice (Lisa Genova)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Tiffany Washington, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Life Animated (Ron Suskind)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Peter Smagorinsky, Professor of English Education

Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg, Senior Associate Dean of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and University Professor of English

Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
Discussion Leader: Dr. John Inscoe, University Professor of History

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book discussions (spring 2015)

A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Gary Green, Associate Professor of Natural Resources, Recreation, and Tourism

Conscience of a Conservative (Barry Goldwater)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Michael Lynch, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality (John Darnielle)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Martin Rogers, Associate Director of the Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Atul Gwande)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Sylvia Hutchinson, Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and Professor Emerita of Higher Education and Reading Education

Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situation (Jules Evans)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg, Senior Associate Dean of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and University Professor of English

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jessica Rodell, Assistant Professor of Management

What We See When We Read (Peter Mendelsund)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Richard Menke, Associate Professor of English

Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes, Author, and Edith Grossman, Translator)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Dana Bultman, Associate Professor of Spanish

A Room with a View (E.M. Forster)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Tricia Lootens, Associate Professor of English

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book discussions (fall 2014)

The Orphan Master’s Son (Adam Johnson)
Discussion Leader: Jessica Hunt, Assistant Director of Honors and Scholarships

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (John Medina)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

Flight Behavior (Barbara Kingsolver)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jennifer Rice, Assistant Professor of Geography

The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Natasha Ganem, Lecturer in Sociology

Visiting Hours at the Color Line (Ed Pavlic)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Ed Pavlic, Professor of English

Capitalism and Freedom (Milton Friedman)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jonathan Williams, Assistant Professor of Economics

Linked: The New Science of Networks (Albert-Laszlo Barabasi)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Bill Kretzschmar, Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities

Escape from Camp 14 (Blaine Harden)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Claudio Saunt, Professor of American History and Associate Director of the Institute of Native American Studies

Your Inner Fish (Neil Shubin)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jeb Byers, Professor of Ecology

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (Bell Hooks)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Maria Bermudez, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science

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book discussions (spring 2014)

Cooked (Michael Pollan)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Anne Marie Zimeri, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science

Some We Love, Some We Hate, and Some We Ate: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (Hal Herzog)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Melissa Fahmy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Mark Huber, Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement, Terry College of Business

What the Best College Students Do (Ken Bain)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Gary Green, Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and University Professor of English

New Destinations Dreaming: Immigration, Race, and Legal Status in the Rural American South (Helen Marrow)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Donna Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor, Language and Literacy Education

Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America (Thurston Clarke)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Cynthia Camp, Assistant Professor of English

Family Fang (Kevin Wilson)
Discussion Leader: Jessica Hunt, Assistant Director of the Honors Program and Scholarships

Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Martin Rogers, Associate Director of the Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Karin Myhre, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

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