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Honors College hosts ‘Food for Thought’ Dinner

On February 9, 2014

The Honors College sponsored its third annual Food for Thought dinner Friday night in the Memorial Student Center.

Food For Thought is an event put together for the Honors 200 classes, where students come together over dinner to have intellectual discussions on certain assigned readings.

Approximately 124 people were in attendance Friday including students from Honors 200 classes, faculty members, staff members and people from the community.

The students were split into groups and scrambled among the tables so they would be able to interact with other students from within the Honors College and not just their classmates.

Members of the faculty, staff and community hosted tables to help contribute to the discussions.

Students were also told they would not have their professor as the host of their table.
The participants were to read two selections beforehand from “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin and the introduction to “What Money Can’t Buy” by Michael Sandel.

Susan Gilpin, associate dean of the honors college said that she hopes the discussions made the students squirm a bit.

“The themes of these two pieces speak to each other in some way,” she said. “We’re hoping that the discussions at the table will help discussants make those connections and form opinions, maybe questions of their own assumptions and values.”

Gilpin said the purpose of the event was not to promote a particular point of view but to encourage the attendees to engage in the discussion and to be a little more informed and reflective of the opinions and values they have.

Malak Khader can be contacted at

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