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Honors Colloquia.

Every Honors Student is required to take at least two interdisciplinary colloquia as part of their general requirements. These colloquia are often able to fulfill other requirements for your major (humanities, cultural diversity, social sciences, etc.); plus, they're a lot of fun!

There are three Honors Colloquia available for Spring 2015!  Please enroll so that we fill all the available seats!

Pursuit of the American Dream: HONR 3000 Honors Colloquium; Charles Johanningsmeier—TR 11:30 A.M.
There are three main objectives to this course. First, it seeks to teach how the "American Dream"—a concept that pervades American culture—has been defined by a wide variety of writers, politicians, engineers, advertising executives, bankers, and others. Second, students will, I hope, learn to question how the concept has been deployed and see that many people throughout American history have sought to redefine the American Dream or challenge its validity. Finally, by the end of the course, students should have a greater appreciation and understanding not only of how others have interacted with the American Dream but also of how it affects their own lives.


King Arthur Through the Ages: HONR 3000: Honors Colloquium; Lisabeth Buchelt—TR 10:00 A.M. KH 208C
Starting with Tennyson's Idylls of the King (1859), this course follows Arthur through his many literary incarnations, until we reach the "historical" Arthur (c.1000). We consider the different aesthetic additions, subtractions, and changes made to this secular king of kings within the social and historical contexts of each reincarnation. We also view three Arthurian films with divergent artistic agendas: 1981's Excalibur (John Boorman), 1991's The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam) and 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones). Finally, we see a performance of the Broadway musical Camelot at the Orpheum. These, too, will be considered within their social and historical contexts: what do modern audiences look for in their versions of Arthur and the stories from the Arthurian corpus? Texts to be read include, but are not limited to, Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur, Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval, le Conte du Graal, The Marriage of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell, and several early Welsh poems. All texts are in translation, with guided reference to the original languages.


Maverick Startups: HONR 3000 Honors Colloquium; (MGMT 4720) Dale Eesley—M 3-5:40 P.M. Scott Tech. Cntr
UNO's Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising is offering this course opportunity to Honors students! Do you want to start your own business? Would you like to work on a business development team? Apply to join this class and learn about business concepts and values as well as markets and resources you will need to have at your fingertips as you launch your venture in the world. You will need to complete an application and submit two letters of reference to apply; see maverickstartups.org for more information or contact Dr. Eesley at deesley@unomaha.edu. Apply early (class will be filled by rolling admission) and long before the December 1st deadline.