The UMass Lowell Honors College Symposium is non-credit, non-graded, optional way for Honors College students to satisfy the H4 honors course requirement. The Fall 2018 symposium consists of three units throughout the semester, roughly one per month. Each unit requires approximately 20 hours of engagement. You can start today if you wish. The Honors College Symposium is classified as an Impactful Experience and, as such, includes a reading component, a writing component, and a speaking component. Future Symposia will consist of six units and they will be spread across two semesters.
Questions: Ask Jim at James_Canning@uml.edu
Sign Up: Fall 2018 Symposium Sign Up
Each student must:
(1) Sign up for the Fall 2018 symposium by registering at Fall 2018 Symposium. Jim will contact you shortly thereafter.
(2) Read and take notes on the assigned texts, view the assigned films, and/or listen to the assigned music/audio files.
(3) Complete all pre-discussion session assignments and turn them in at the discussion session.
(4) At each discussion session, turn in a paper copy of your Study Log and your Reading Notebook.
(5) Attend, be on time for, be fully prepared for, and be fully engaged in all three Symposium discussion sessions.
(6) Prepare and deliver a 20 minute presentation on some aspect of one of the units being discussed. These will be individually scheduled outside of the discussion sessions.
(7) No later than two weeks after the last day of finals, the student must submit a Symposium Completion Packet that includes the Symposium's Capstone Essay.
Note: Failure to fulfill the above requirements in a timely manner will result in the student being dropped from the Symposium and thereby not receiving credit for the H4 honors requirement.
However, if a student has an impossible conflict and cannot attend one of the discussion sessions, it is possible to still complete the Honors Symposium by executing these three requests:
(a) submit a typed up explanation of why you cannot attend the discussion session. Slide the paper beneath Jim's office door.
(b) submit your Study Log and your Reading Notebook which covered the session you missed.
(c) read, view, and internalize one Shakespeare Comedy identified by the Dean of the College well enough to then give a
public explanation of what transpired in the play. As speaker, you are not allowed to use any presentation slides or
notes. You should be able to present yourself in front of your audience and simply tell the story. The only assistance you may use is a
list of character names. This should be done no later than January 30th after the Fall Symposium and May 31st after the Spring
If a student misses two Symposium discussion sessions, the student cannot satisfy an honors requirement with the Honors Symposium.
Beethoven Study Log
The E=MC2 Reading Notebook
Read and Take Notes E = MC2 by David Bodanis
The Oresteia Study Log
Assignment: Family Tree Assignment
Writing Prompt for the Capstone Essay: To establish a common ground response for our seemingly disparate studies, it is safe to say we have been exploring progress--the metaphorical emergence from darkness into light. This progress requires courage, ethical conflict, struggle, endurance, and hard work. To make progress, to make a better world, to find truths, we must suffer, and this progress through human effort, human suffering, is what Fagles calls "the stuff of human victory." We have the freedom to create a better world. Consider the texts we have read and the discussions we have had and discuss in writing how this common truth unites all of the work of our symposium.
|February||Keith Mitchell||To be determined by Professor Mitchell||Friday, Feb 22nd|
|March||Robert Forrant||To be determined by Professor Forrant||Friday, Mar. 29th|
|April||Deborah Finch||One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America by Wendy Kopp||Friday, Apr. 26th|
Writing Prompt for the Capstone Essay: To Be Determined