Big Ideas, Grand Challenges Series





The Honors College Big Ideas, Grand Challenges Series is designed to engage Honors, the Arizona campus, and our community in dialogue about important topics that affect us all. From immigration to health, and from artificial intelligence to sustainability, each event in the Series features a moderator and three experts who will approach the topic from a range of perspectives.

Open to the public and supported by the Provost’s Investment Fund, the Series is sponsored by the Honors College, which focuses on interdisciplinary thinking and engagement with the wide range of ideas, interests, and intellectual emphases on campus and in society. The Honors College is leveraging internal (i.e., campus-based) and external experts to model how we consider new ideas and engage in civil discourse with people who bring different perspectives and experiences into the discussion. Through these round table conversations, our goal is to model and strengthen perspective-taking, empathy, creativity and critical thinking as we address common challenges.


2020-21 Emphases: In the 2020-21 academic year, the Series will focus on global relationships as they play out in four unique spheres: immigration, health, artificial intelligence, and sustainability. The Series will feature four separate events, two in the fall and two in the spring. Each event will bring together a unique moderator and set of three panelists who represent perspectives from health, policy, and business as they grapple with a challenging question related to the topic. The events will be livestreamed and recorded for broad reach and engagement of different audiences, from Honors students to the broader University community and beyond. Each session will have a conversational format and attendees, who will be joining in remotely, will have ways to engage the moderator and panelists directly with questions of interest.


2020-21 Schedule: The dates, times and topics for the four sessions include:

Please note that the discussion will run from 6:00 - 7:00pm followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.