Honors Forum

The purpose of Honors Forum is to provide opportunities for academic, spiritual, professional, social and cultural enrichment for honors students in community together.

On Fridays at 3:00pm, Templeton students across all four years gather for presentations on a wide range of topics from a panel, a guest lecturer, a professor, or a town hall meeting. The community hears from Advisory Council members and friends of the Honors College in a variety of professions and from scholars in many fields.

Our God pours his loving kindness over every place he has made, and will be glorified in all that is; we want to gain insight into every corner, where he would make his people recipients and instruments of his grace.

Past highlights have included: Mary Eberstadt  (Hoover Institution & Ethics and Public Policy Center), David Kinnaman (Barna Group), Christian Macelaru (Philadelphia Orchestra), Brenda Salter McNeil (Salter McNeil & Associates), Andrew Exum (Center for a New American Security), Mark Galli (Christianity Today), and Dr. Mimi Haddad (Christians for Biblical Equality), as well as panels on the medical profession, entrepreneurship, graduate school, and family life.

The Spring 2019 Honors Forum Schedule:

Events with an asterisk (*) beside the speakers name are worth 2 honors forum credits. Underlined events are mandatory for all students to attend. Note: Students are required to finish the semester with 10 Honors Forum units. Regular Friday forums will be worth one unit each, select lectures will be worth one or two units (depending on the lecture), and attendance at a cultural or professional event organized by Templeton is worth one unit.
Date Location Speaker Topic
1/18/19 Gough Great Room Dr. Brian Williams, Dean “On the Examined Life, Prudence, and Everyday Ethics”
1/25/19 Gough Great Room Study-Abroad Students (Templeton) “On Traveling Well and Studying Abroad”
2/1/19 Gough Great Room Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova “Am I Good Enough?  On Success and Failure”
2/5/19 Baird Library Stan Rosenberg, University of Oxford “On Thriving in the Secular Academy:  Resident and Alien–Insights from St. Augustine
2/8/19 Gough Great Room Dr. Joann Flett, Eastern U. “On Money”
2/15/19 Gough Great Room Daniel LaVenture, Templeton Alum, Duke Divinity School “On Food and Eating”
2/22/19 Gough Great Room Jordan Ellis (Templeton Alum, Founder, Jordandene Clothes), Lisa Woods (Eastern), Jack Cassidy (Formerly, Ralph Lauren and Oxford Clothes) “On Fashion”
2/28/19 Baird Library at 5:00pm Dr. Brian Williams, Dean “On Grades, Grading, and the GPA: Systematic Educational (In)Justice?”
3/15/19 Gough Great Room Chaz Howard, Chaplain, UPenn “On Spirituality:  Stillness, Submission, Mystery, and Humility”
3/20/19 HHC, evening Michael Ward, University of Oxford  “On C.S. Lewis’ Theological Imagination”
3/20/19 TBD Amanda Tyler, Baptist Committee for Religious Liberty “The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated Realities of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses”
3/29/19 Gough Great Room Ed Hastings, Villanova “On Sport”
4/5/19 Gough Great Room Dr. Frederic Putnam, Templeton “On Leisure”
4/12/19 Gough Great Room Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Templeton Alum, Red Letter Christians “On Living in Society:  God’s Economy & the Crisis of Inequality”
4/26/19 HHC Students Senior Theses Presentations