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The New Grand Challenges Forum

Tuesdays, 6 p.m, via Zoom

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 three compelling themes, which for the fall 2020 semester, are Plagues and Pandemics, Justice and Equity, and Mental Health. 

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 2020, the lectures will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on Zoom. 

Fall 2020 Schedule (Click on the links to view video)

September 2020: Plagues and Pandemics
Baylor College of Medicine and Ben Taub Hospital

Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Honors College Alum

Senior Director of Technology Development of the Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT
Powerful Voices Speaker Series

Rob Zaretsky, Ph.D.
Professor of History in the Honors College, University of Houston
October 2020: Justice and Equity
Philip Metres, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, John Carroll University

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Utah Valley University

Founder & CEO of the National Diversity Council
Powerful Voices Speaker Series

Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Justice, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, Honors College Alum
November 2020: Mental Health
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston 

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D., LCSW
Founder and President, Peace of Mind Foundation