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The Grand Challenges Forum

Fridays, 12 p.m., in CEMO Hall

The Grand Challenges Forum encourages students to think critically, discuss openly and learn unequivocally. The Honors College welcomes a diverse group of distinguished scholars, authors, activists and artists in an effort to further the University’s commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking and scholarly excellence. The Grand Challenges Forum offers students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community a time to hear a wide range of lectures dedicated to a compelling theme.

Hosted by the Honors College, in partnership with the Division of University Advancement, the Grand Challenges Forum is open to the entire UH community.

The lectures will be held on Fridays from 1–2 p.m. in CEMO Hall. 


Friday, September 16, 2022

Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky  --  Presidential Historian, SMU

Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and a Professorial Lecturer at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Bulwark, Time Magazine, USA Today, CNN, NBC Think, and the Washington Post. Dr. Chervinsky is the author of the award-winning book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institutionrecently out in paperback, and the forthcoming book An Honest Man: The Inimitable Presidency of John Adams.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Dr. Steven Smith  --  Political Theory, Yale

Steven B. Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Yale since 1984 and is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science. His research has focused on the history of political philosophy with special attention to the problem of the ancients and moderns, the relation of religion and politics, and theories of representative government.

He is the Co-Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Representative Institutions (YSCRI) that focuses on the theory and practice of representative government in the Anglo-American world. He has received several academic awards and prizes including the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize given by Phi Beta Kappa, but is most proud of receiving the Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in 2009. 


Friday, October 14, 2022

Dr. Justin Dyer  --  Civitas Institute, University of TX

Dr. Justin Dyer is the executive director of the Civitas Institute.The Civitas Institute focuses on the teaching, understanding and appreciation of American values that serve as the foundation for a free and enduring society, including constitutionalism, limited government, free enterprise and markets, and individual liberty.” Dyer earned a doctoral degree at UT Austin and previously served as professor of political science and founding director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.