The Honors College's plenary lecture series, an integral part of the first-year course, "The Pursuit of Knowledge," invites the campus community to consider along with the students questions similar to those being posed in the course. Lectures are by distinguished members of the UVM community as well as nationally recognized writers and artists from outside UVM.

Plenary Lectures are scheduled on select Wednesdays throughout the semester from 5:05-6:20 pm in Billings Lecture Hall. Members of the University community as well as the broader Burlington community are always welcome to attend.


Fall 2017 Schedule

  • Wednesday, August 30 - Introductory Plenary
  • Wednesday, September 6 - Dr. Jim Hudziak, "The Neuroscience of Brain Development during the College Years: How to Build a Healthier Brain"
  • Wednesday, Septmeber 13 - Emily Proctor, "The Shape of the Universe: A Question of Perspective"
  • Wednesday, September 20 - Brandon Ogbunugafor, TBA
  • Monday, September 25 - Matt Richel, Discussion of A Deadly Wandering
  • Wednesday, October 4 - Paul Van de Graaf, US Attorney's Office, "How Stories Work in the Courtroom"
  • Wednesday, October 18 - Chris Danforth, "Measuring Happiness, Health, and Stories through Songs, Tweets, and Books"
  • Wednesday, November 1 - Lizzy Pope, "Explaining Our Rational Irrationality with Behavioral Economics and Beyonce"
  • Wednesday, November 29 - Faculty Panel Discussion on Frankenstein