Arkansas to launch Signature Seminar Series for Honors College

The initial Signature Seminars will include “Teeth: Evolution’s Bite.”
The initial Signature Seminars will include “Teeth: Evolution’s Bite.” | File photo

The University of Arkansas Honors College’s Signature Seminars series will launch in Spring 2017, allowing honors students to study cutting-edge issues with top scholars from various university departments.

“One of the reasons I took this job was to create some new, imaginative curricular experiences for our students,” Honors College Dean Lynda Coon, who developed the series, said. “We want to have our top faculty on campus invite honors students into their research world at a very high level, teaching big subjects that bridge multiple disciplines.”

The initial Signature Seminars will be “Teeth: Evolution’s Bite,” taught by Distinguished Professor and Anthropology Department Chair Peter Ungar, and “Prosecution: (Un)Making a Murderer,” with School of Law Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Brian Gallini.

“I am so thrilled to share my passion for teeth with the U of A’s best and brightest students in this signature seminar,” Ungar said. “I think it will be a fun learning experience for all, and I’m honored to be among the first faculty members named a Dean’s Fellow in the Honors College.”

The Honors College will offer two Signature seminars each semester and plans to cover a wide range of topics. Deans from each of the university’s colleges can nominate professors to participate, and to enroll in the seminars honors students will need to apply and be selected as Dean’s Signature Scholars.

“This is an exciting time for the University of Arkansas, the Honors College and the School of Law,” Gallini said. “It’s a privilege to help bring Dean Coon’s innovative idea to reality and to have the opportunity to teach some of the campus’ most talented and inquisitive students.”

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