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Lunchbox Lectures

Lunchbox lectures feature UGA faculty and 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 2014-2017

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 2014-2017

lunchbox lectures (spring 2017)

What Makes the Blood Clot? with Dr. Rodney Averett, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Critical take(s) on Systemic Functional Linguistics: Bilingual and Bidialectal Students and Social Equity with Dr. Ruth Harman, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education

Two Examples of Weird Evolution: Sterile Workers and Selfish Sex Chromosomes with Dr. Dave Hall, Associate Professor of Genetics

Application of Engineering Theories in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Tim Foutz, Professor of Engineering

The Cultural Significance of Trees in Georgia with Dr. Timothy Smalley, Associate Professor of Horticulture

Palmetto Postmortem: Examining the Effects of the South Carolina Voter Identification Statute with Dr. Trey Hood, Professor of Political Science

Demonized No More: The Spiritual Journeys and Spaces of Black Gay and Bisexual Men with Dr. Darris Means, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development Services

Investors Make Predictable Mistakes: How Financial Data Predicts Future Stock Returns with Dr. John Campbell, Associate Professor of Accounting

Istock's Paradox and the Conservation of Georgia's Rarest Frog with Dr. John Maerz, Professor of Vertebrate Ecology

Climate Change and the Origins of Agriculture with Dr. Suzanne Birch, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Geography

Propaganda 2.0: Fake News and How to Deal with It with Dr. Audrey Haynes, Associate Professor of Political Science

Why Did Punks Hate Hippies? with Dr. Montgomery Wolf, Senior Lecturer of History

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Path to Positive Interracial Communication with Dr. Tina Harris, Professor of Communication Studies

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lunchbox lectures (fall 2016)

How the Brain Folds and Creases with Dr. Xianquao Wang, Assistant Professor of Engineering

The Governance of Olympic Legacy: From General Benefits to Long-Term Sustainability with Dr. Becca Loepkey, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Advertisers Using Branded Content to Connect with Consumers with Dr. Karen King, Professor of New Media and Advertising

Capitalism and the Election with Dr. Jeff Netter, Professor of Finance

Three Civil War Heroes You've Never Heard Of with Dr. Dan Rood, Assistant Professor of History

Prisoners as Historians of Pain with Dr. Steven Soper, Assistant Professor of History

Metacognition: How Students Self-regulate to Learn Biology with Dr. Julie Dangremond Stanton, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology

Stumbling into Disease Ecology and Evolution in Seastars with Dr. John P. Wares, Associate Professor of Genetics and Ecology

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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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book discussions (spring 2017)

The Book of Joy (Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Nanette Spina, Assistant Professor of Religion

The Guy’s Guide to Feminism (Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Maria Bermudez, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Jon Krakauer)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Katie Hein, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior

Populism: A Very Short Introduction (Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Cas Mudde, Associate Professor of International Affairs

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (Oliver Burkeman)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jodi Barnes, Institute for Leadership Advancement

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Michelle Cook, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer

Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media (Suzanne Franks)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Laura Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of Economics

The Log from the Sea of Cortez (John Steinbeck)
Discussion Leader: Dr. John Wares, Associate Professor of Genetics and Ecology

A Testament of Hope (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

The Three Body Problem (Cixin Liu)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Bill Kretzschmar, Willson Professor in Humanities

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book discussions (fall 2016)

The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World (Ruchir Sharma)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Tim Samples, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (Sasha Issenberg)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Michael Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Angela Duckworth)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Andrew Carswell, Associate Professor of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate (Naomi Klein)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Quint Newcomer, Department of Ecology

The Children of Húrin (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jonathan Evans, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Medieval Studies Program

The Golden Ass by Apuleius (translated by Sarah Ruden)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Peter O’Connell, Assistant Professor of Classics and Communication Studies

Excerpts from Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani’s forthcoming textbook on the global nuclear order
Discussion Leader: Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Security and Director of the Master of International Policy Program

A Sacred Union of Citizens: Georgia Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character (Matthew Spalding)
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Williams, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program

When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Sylvia Hutchinson, Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and Professor Emerita of Higher Education and Reading Education

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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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