Honors students had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with Drs. Tillman & Rukholm for the annual National Collegiate Honors Conference (NCHC) which took place from November 8-11. The conference provided students with the chance to see, through poster presentations, the research that other Honors students have engaged in as well as to sit in on paper presentations related to a wide variety of topics, from literature to study abroad to scholarships.
Perhaps the highlight of this experience was the opportunity to see the city of Chicago from a different perspective thanks to a City as Text excursion. Attendees could choose among a wide variety of ‘destination explorations’ in the city and our UT groups were divided between an architecture-focused exploration and a visit to Pilsen, a neighborhood boasting a colorful and vibrant Mexican culture. We saw, among other things, gorgeous Tiffany stained glass windows, compelling art installations at the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as the beautiful National Museum of Mexican Art which boasts a wide array of both historic and contemporary works. All this for the very low cost of FREE. To cap off our time in Chicago, we were lucky to have the chance to spend time in the Art Institute of Chicago, where works by Picasso, Monet, and Warhol, to name but a few, beckoned.
Honors students are encouraged to consider presenting scholarly work at next year’s conference, slated to be held in Kansas City in 2024.