Honors Activities – Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office

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Thanks to a connection of UT Professor Shelly Crosby, several UT Honors students along with some of the Honors Program office staff got to visit the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. We learned quite a bit about what the office does, from how many bodies they process in the course of a day (between 5 and 10) to the variety of drugs that are screened by the toxicologists. We even got to witness part of an autopsy. It was an extremely informative visit.

Honors Symposia – Alisha Gaines

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On September 22nd, Dr. Alisha Gaines, Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University and author of Black for a Day: Fantasies of Race and Empathy, spoke to UT Honors students. Dr. Gaines’s presentation was arranged and sponsored by the Department of English & Writing as a Scholar’s Symposium and was co-sponsored by the Honors Program. Dr. Gaines discussed some of her work examining efforts of White people trying to understand what it means to be Black in America by trying to pass as Black, typically for a very short period of time.

Coffee Conversation – Dr. Kevin Fridy

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On Friday, September 22nd, roughly 15 Honors students joined Dr. Kevin Fridy in the McKay Hall common room for a coffee conversation. In this more intimate setting, the students discussed, “How are power, privilege, and politics reflected in disaster vulnerability?” Over coffee, tea, and muffins, the students engaged in a conversation about the topic, which was tied directly to the recent experiences all of the participants had with Hurricane Irma.

Honors BBQ Social

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To welcome new Honors Program students to UT, the Honors Program Directors, with the help of the Honors Council and the Honors Office staff, organized a BBQ Social at the new Honors dorm, McKay Hall. The social was catered by Holy Hog BBQ, an award winning Tampa based restaurant. We had a DJ, games, and great food. Over 250 students showed up to enjoy this welcome event.