Honors Symposium – Bradford Blackburn

UT Associate Professor of Music, Bradford Blackburn, recently presented some of his work on electronic music production to the Honors students. Dr. Blackburn detailed some history of electronic music production then performed three pieces for the students, two of which used a theremin. The pieces ranged from a piece using sounds made by water to one heavy on drumbeats. Afterward, students had an opportunity to try out the theremin and learn more about the software Dr. Blackburn uses for his compositions.

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 Symposia – Faith Taylor, Recipient of the Timothy M. Smith Award

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On Friday, April 28th, Faith Taylor presented on her travels as the recipient of the Timothy M. Smith Award for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Faith traveled to the Bahamas with Professor Michael Slattery of The University of Tampa to study a coral reef that was documented nearly 50 years earlier.  They spent several days snorkeling in the reef, taking photos, and gathering data.  This initial visit provided enough information to allow Faith and Dr. Slattery to develop a research program that will continue to investigate the reef.