The Honors College hosts a Spring Speaker each year who brings to the campus an important, scholarly discussion that is current and interdisciplinary. Traditionally, prior to the speaker's arrival, a book group open to faculty, staff, and students is sponsored by the College to engage the community in the topic at hand and enliven discussion, debate, and promote opportunities for inquiry. For info on the current reading group, please contact Kate Bruce.

2017 Honors Speaker: Rob Dunn, PhD

The UNCW Honors College hosted the lecture "The Wild Life of Our Bodies" by Rob Dunn, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Warwick Ballroom on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session and book-signing. This event was free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Rob Dunn is the author of three books. He is a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University and is currently working on another book to be published in 2017. His work focuses on ecology and evolution with an emphasis on public science. His aim is to tell the stories of the small specieswhether on our bodies, under our beds, or in our backyardsthat humans interact with every day but tend to ignore.

Honors sponsored a reading group for all UNCW students, faculty and staff, Tuesdays at 2PM in the Honors classroom, room 2006 Randall Library. All members receive a book. Organized by Kate Maddalena (maddalenas@uncw.edu) in English.

Co-sponsored by Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Watson College of Education, Departments of English, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Biology & Marine Biology, Communication Studies, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, Center for Teaching Excellence, Tri Beta, Wilmington Fellows, Student Honors Advisory Council, Honors Scholars Association and Dunn Reading Group.

For more information regarding Rob Dunn please follow this link to his web page ROB DUNN LAB.

Past speakers for the Honors College have included: Ms. Cathy Day, Dr. Neil Shubin, Dr. Dan Simons, Ms. Minnie Jean Brown Trickey, Dr. Kenneth Miller, Mr. Richard Leakey, Dr. E.O. Wilson, Dr. Sarah Boysen, Mr. Seth Kramer and Dr. David Harrison, Mr. David Quammen, Mr. Nat Faxon and Mr. Jim Rash, Mr. Paul Loeb, Dr. Paul Zubrin, Dr. Mark Plotkin, Dr. Michael Ruse, Dr. Maeve Leakey, Mr. Charles Mann, and Mr. Ralph Nader.

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