Join the Conversation to Benefit the Honors College

The Honors College will celebrate its 10-year birthday at a dinner-party event Feb. 20 with prominent community leaders and Texas Tech professors.

Written by Sherrel Jones

The Honorable Conversations dinner-party event is an opportunity for community members to sit down and chat with featured individuals. Honorable Conversations is a charity event that will benefit Honors College study abroad scholarships. The event will begin 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the McInturff Conference Center.

Each table of eight will seat a conversation leader who has an assigned topic to talk about. The list of topics and individuals are as follows:

  • The Future of Public Higher Education with Donald Haragan, president emeritus and professor in the Rawls College of Business
  • Redistricting in Texas: What Does the Future Hold? with State Representative Delwin Jones
  • Lubbock: Progressive or Regressive? with David Langston, attorney and former Lubbock mayor
  • LISD 20/20: What Should We Look Like? with Karen Garza, superintendent for Lubbock Independent School District
  • Is Afghanistan Obama’s Vietnam? with Ron Milam, assistant professor in the Department of History
  • The Bible Tells Me So: How Can We Deal with Conflicting Understandings of the Bible? with Rev. Canon David Veal
  • Faith and Science: Can They Co-Exist? with Dominick Casadonte, department chairman for chemistry department
  • The Life of a Research Scientist with Doug Stocco, professor of cell biology
  • Literature and the Old with Wendell Aycock, Graduate School associate academic dean
  • The Problems Associated with Developing New Pharmaceuticals with Ted Reid, professor of ophthalmology
  • Politics in Lubbock with Pamela Brink, Lubbock County democratic chair
  • Politics in Lubbock with Chris Winn, Lubbock County republican chair
  • What is Wrong with Healthcare in the U.S.? with Gary Bell, dean of the Honors College
  • Feminism in the 21st Century with Marjean Purinton, professor and associate dean for the Honors College
  • If it Bleeds, It Leads: Not the Norm in Media Anymore with Karin McCay, news anchor for KCBD

Tickets for the Honorable Conversations event are $25 per person and are limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (806) 742-1828 or visit

Honors College

The Honors College at Texas Tech is dedicated to providing students with a broad education that prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

Honors Sciences and the Humanities (HSH), formerly known as Honors Arts and Letters (HAL), is a major and minor degree program offered by the Honors College. HSH integrates the seemingly disparate sciences and humanities, instilling critical thinking skills and communication literacy through reading and writing-intensive courses while simultaneously preparing students for STEM-based careers and rigorous post-graduate programs like law and medical school. Within the HSH major, students may choose to pursue degree concentrations in Medicine, Global Health & the Humanities; Humanities Driven STEM; Environmental Science & the Humanities, or Politics, Philosophy, Economics & Law.


The Honors College encourages all Honors students to study abroad as part of their undergraduate education. The event will benefit study abroad scholarships in locations such as Seville, Spain and Quedlinburg, Germany.