John F. Reed Honors Program

Stand Alone Forums

Stand Alone Honors Forums (classes) are great little two credit deals that can fill out a schedule in an interesting way and help students meet like-minded peers. The Forums are interdisciplinary in nature which means they are not discipline specific. For example, the class Death: A Cross-Cultural Experience, is a course taught previously by Psychology professor, Dr. Sue Kraus. This does not mean it is a Psychology Honors course; rather, it was an honors course taught by a member of the Psychology Department, who will look at many different disciplinary contexts regarding death. For further information regarding any course, please contact the professor(s) for each individual course. The following courses are available in the spring semester of 2016. Click on the links to see the flyer for the course.


HON 221/421 - (Innovative Thinkers) The Atonement in Christian Thinking
Fridays, 12:20-2:20 p.m., Location TBA
Instructor: Justin McBrayer

The atonement refers to the religious work done by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  On its face, the atonement is a strange doctrine: why would God kill his son and ask his followers to eat his flesh and drink his blood?  This course explores the history of Christian thinking about and philosophical theories of the atonement including the penal substitution view, the Christus Victor view, the kaleidoscopic view, and the healing view.

HON 222/422 - (Intellectual Foundations)  Trust and Distrust: Writing for Social Change  
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 - 8:55 a.m.,  Location TBA
Instructor: Michelle Bonanno

The way we talk and write about an issue can shape how we think about it, react to it, and move forward as a community.  In this forum, we will use rhetorical theory to study social movements, protests, and conflicts.  We will examine how words and images shaped the course of events in communities such as the present-day Ferguson, Missouri or civil-rights-era Birmingham, Alabama.

HON 222/422 - (Intellectual Foundations) American Asylum: ‘Commitment’ to the American Dream 
Wednesdays, 3:15-5:15 p.m.,  Location TBA
Instructor: Jillian Wenburg

Our subject is early twentieth and twenty-first century American texts focused on the disenfranchised and their quest for the American Dream. We will seek to reconcile how writers discuss the American Dream notion with the reality that befell those in society attempting to realize its fruition. Moving through history from the early 1900s, we will discuss fiction and non-fiction texts, journal articles, art, music, pop culture, and film.

HON 223 - (Interdisciplinary Perspectives)  The Animas River 
Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.,  Location TBA
Coordinator: Cathy Hartney

On August 5, 2015, at least 1 million gallons of waste water from the Gold King Mine was accidentally released into the Animas River by the EPA, disrupting local agriculture and recreation, angering residents, and raising awareness of the importance and vulnerability of the river that flows through our community.  Speakers from multiple disciplines and organizations will present their concerns, their proposed or ongoing research, their data, and/or their reactions to the spill.     

HON 223/423 - (Interdisciplinary Perspectives) Oops . . . I did it again!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:40 - 5:35 PM, Location TBA
Instructor: Bill Mangrum

We all make mistakes. Our days are full of human error. But why do we make certain kinds of mistakes again and again? Is it possible to challenge and correct our misguided ways? Is it possible to learn from our mistakes?  With discipline, we can live well, committing fewer egregious errors in thought, perception, and behavior. Scholars in this seminar will read essays by and interact (via Skype and email) with the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph T. Hallinan. Central to our discussions are Hallinan's two books: Why We Make Mistakes (2009) and Kidding Ourselves (2014). Scholars will also contribute additional materials from their own academic discipline and life experiences.