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The Grand Challenges Forum

Fridays, 12 p.m., in the Honors College Commons

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,the Grand Challenges Forum is open to the entire UH community. The lectures will be held on Fridays from 1–2 p.m. in the Honors College Commons. 

Friday, January 26, 2024
Erika Thompson, MPS, MA, The African American Library at the Gregory School
Mother Ward: Freedmen’s Town/Fourth Ward and the Politics of Black Urban Spaces

Friday, February 9, 2024
Cydney Elaine Pickens, Assistant Curator and Programming Manager, Project Row Houses
Art as Black History

Friday, February 16, 2024
Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr. Research Professor of Government, Harvard University
Machiavelli’s Effectual Truth

Friday, February 23, 2024
Tara T. Green, Ph.D., CLASS Distinguished Professor and Chair of African American Studies,
University of Houston

Leading the Way in African American Studies

Friday, April 5, 2024
Matthew Tejada, Senior Vice President, Environmental Health
Natural Resources Defense Council

Environmental Health, Justice, and Climate: Bringing It All Together at the Natural Resources Defense Council