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The New Grand Challenges Forum

Fridays, 12 p.m., in CEMO Hall

The New 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 New 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.

This year’s theme is The PivotHow purpose and perseverance lead to success. We will acknowledge and celebrate the incredible effort by the students, the University and the world to pivot and persist even in uncertain times. Speakers this semester will share work they have completed during the past year, highlighting adjustments made due to pandemic restrictions. Other speakers will share experiences in life and career when their decision to pivot led to greater success and fulfillment.

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

In fall 2021, the lectures will be held on Fridays from 1–2 p.m. in CEMO Hall, Sept. 3 – Nov. 19 (subject to change due to University Covid protocols).


Study Abroad Pitch Party

Constitution Day:
Allison Stanger, Ph.D.
“Consumers vs. Citizens: The American Constitution in the Digital Age.”

University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Presentation 

Andy Jewett
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Visiting Professor

Brock Liu, Laeticia Guenoun, Veronica Romero, Bola Adeyer
“Upstanding In a Bystanding World”

Dr. Letitia Plummer
At-Large Position 4: Houston City Council Member

Noelle LeVeaux
Chief Marketing Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas

Justice Through Community Grant: Art Congress

Justice Through Community Grant:
The Road to Change: An Honors Civic Engagement Initiative

Panel discussion on Food Insecurity, featuring:
Brandi McInnis, The Houston Food Bank
Alison Reese, The Souper Bowl of Caring
Laura Lee, Director of the PEEPS Pantry at UH

Justice Through Community Grant: CounterStories: Historical Truth Telling for Social Justice