Monday, January 26, 2009


Release date: Jan. 23, 2008

News & Public Affairs contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
Honors College contact: Dr. Scott Carnicom, 615-494-7611


(MURFREESBORO) — The spring 2009 University Honors College Lecture Series – “Searching for Athena: An Exploration of Honors and Gifted Education” – will begin Monday, Jan. 26, with students’ study abroad presentations before embarking on the regular weekly series led by MTSU faculty and staff, and other noted professionals.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building Amphitheater (Room 106). Except for March 9 (part of spring break), the lecture series will be held from 3 until 3:55 p.m. each Monday.
Presenters will include Dr. June McCash, founding director of the MTSU Honors Program (1973-80); Dr. Rolland Pack, dean of the Freed-Hardeman Honors College and National Collegiate Honors Council treasurer; Michelle Arnold, associate director or admissions; Dr. David Carleton, associate professor, political science; Dr. Ada Long, editor of Honors in Practice and the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council; Dr. Scott Carnicom, Honors College associate dean; Dr. Craig Cobane, executive director of the Western Kentucky University Honors College; and Dr. Ron Messier, MTSU Honors Program director from 1980-90.

Spring series: “Searching for Athena: An Exploration of Honors and Gifted Education”
Date Presenter Title
Jan. 26 Honors students Study Abroad Presentations
Feb. 2 June McCash “Why Honors? Precedents, Perceptions and Perspectives”
Feb. 9 Rolland Pack “Nailing Jell-O to Ivy-Covered Walls: Honors
and Higher Education”
Feb. 16 Michelle Arnold “The Journey of an Honors Student”
Feb. 23 David Carleton “No, Gifted Kids Will Not be Okay: Politics
and Advocacy in Tennessee”
March 2 Ada Long “How Would Athena Score on the ACT?
Wisdom and Knowledge in Honors Education”
March 16 Scott Carnicom “Portraits of ‘Intelligence’ in Popular Films”
March 23 Craig Cobane “Honors in 2025: What Should We Be Thinking About”
March 30 Ron Messier “Honors Education Means Knowing ‘the Other’”
April 6 and 13 Honors students Thesis presentations
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