Category: Honors Program News

The 2022 AUHP Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!

The success of last years’ Christmas Cookie decorating party (and contest) spurred on another similar event this year. On the last day of regular classes, Friday, Dec 2nd, the AUHP opened up our conference room to a cookie decoration party – and just like last year, no more had the decorating started than the urge to compete overcame nearly everyone. Categories were quickly identified, a scale of measurement was established, and two of Asbury’s librarians were recruited to be neutral judges. (Thanks Beth Groves and Ashley Wahlert!) With a second cohort of students on campus this year, the number of

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Human Dignity: Invented or Discovered (reprised)

(Talk delivered to AUHP students at Nov, 2022 orientation meeting.) As you know, the honors experience here at Asbury is a themed enrichment program – “Studies in Virtue and Human Value.” This evening, I want to invite you to walk along with me as we explore our theme for a few moments.   Our program’s two guiding questions are, “What gives humans value or dignity?” and “What are the implications of finding value in ourselves and others?” We can start by recognizing that most everyone feels like they have value, it’s instinctive – I am somebody, and my life is

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Dr. Jennifer Frey speaks about Happiness and Human Flourishing at Asbury University

On Monday evening, October 10th, University of South Carolina Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Jennifer Frey, delivered an address to the Asbury community entitled, “Classical and Contemporary Views on Happiness” to a packed Kinlaw Board room. She presented a clear, passionate, and convincing argument for a rediscovery of a more traditional and communal understanding of what nurtures human flourishing and well-being, frequently and effortlessly weaving the thoughts and understandings of such luminary thinkers such as Aristotle, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, as well as many others into her argument. Following her talk, students in Asbury’s Studies in Virtue and Human Value

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Filmmaker and Holocaust Survivor, Pierre Sauvage, to show documentary at Asbury

Pierre Sauvage will show his award-winning documentary, Weapons of the Spirit, on Asbury’s campus on Thursday, Oct, 20th. At the conclusion of the film, Pierre will field questions from the audience. Afterward, Pierre will be featured at a fireside chat with the AUHP students at Asbury guesthouse, Windsor Manor. Here is a brief description I wrote for to help our AUHP students understand the unique nature of this documentary: This film is not a typical holocaust documentary. It does situate itself within the larger holocaust story, but it gets particular – it dives deep into the specifics of the people

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When Image is Everything: The Vice of Vainglory

Dr. Rebecca DeYoung visits Asbury University On Tuesday, Sept 13th, Calvin University Philosophy Professor, Dr. Rebecca DeYoung, spoke to a packed room of students about the vice of vainglory. Here is a handout of the topics covered. This presentation comes from her work on recovering the medieval understanding of the vices and the virtues. Two of her books on this topic include: “Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and their Remedies” and “Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice.” Dr. DeYoung helped us understand that vainglory is different from pride, although oftentimes they come as a pair. Vainglory is

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Theism and Science: A Conversation with Dr. John Lennox

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 7 p.m. — Miller Screening Room Unfortunately, due to a recent health-related issue, Dr. Lennox had to cancel his September trip to North America. The Asbury’s Honors Program, however, has arranged to go to him in his hometown of Oxford, England. There Dr. Paul Nesselroade, Director of the Asbury University Honors Program, will have a conversation with Dr. Lennox about the relationship between theism and science. Join in to watch the interview (Theism and Science, Dr. John Lennox) as it is streamed on Thursday evening, September 8th, at 7pm EST. John Lennox is Emeritus Professor of

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Dr. John Lennox to Visit Campus in September

Honors Program Announces Exciting Lineup of Fall Semester Speaker This article is reposted with permission from the Asbury University website. (https://www.asbury.edu/life/news-events/news/2022/07/28/dr-john-lennox/) This fall, the Asbury University Honors Program (AUHP) welcomes three notable speakers in their Colloquium Speaker Series: Dr. John Lennox, Dr. Rebecca DeYoung, and Pierre Sauvage. Dr. Paul Nesselroade, director of AUHP and chair of Asbury’s Psychology Department, noted that the Lennox discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, kicks off the series and is the first large event scheduled for the university’s new Walt and Rowena Shaw Collaborative Learning Center (Shaw CLC). Lennox is Emeritus Professor of

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Pizza Party!

Friday evening (March 25) presented an opportunity for a little bit of mid-semester fun for the AUHP students. The gathering, which was fueled with constant access to pizza and snacks, featured a get-to-know game (with several obligatory moments of personal awkwardness), some intense Bible trivia, Blokus, The Great Dalmuti,, and the frantic-antics of repeated rounds of both Dutch Blitz and “Sardines,” all accented with the creation of a colorful drawing zoo. Here are some pics that capture just a few slices of the evening. (AUHPers, if you have a pic you’d like to add, please send it to me.) Next

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Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born?

A talk given by bioethicist Dr. Calum MacKellar, director of research for the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics in Edinburgh. On Thursday afternoon, Feb 10th, 2022, Dr. Calum MacKellar delivered a presentation for the Asbury University Human Dignity Lecture series entitled, Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born? (Please see the full video of Dr. MacKellar’s talk to the right. The password “4kh3k4m3a3MC” is required to access the video.) Dr. MacKellar’s presentation, which is easily accessible to the non-scientist, started with some basic definitions and a brief historical review of eugenics, including a recounting of significant events which occurred

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Dr. Calum MacKellar speaks at the Human Dignity Lecture Series

Here’s a brief write-up from Asbury University’s SEARCH website (reproduced by permission) on the talk given by Dr. Calum MacKellar, professional bioethicist, entitled, “Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born?” (A brief interview and video of his talk will be coming soon.) On February 10, the Asbury University Honors Program (AUHP) welcomed Dr. Calum MacKellar bioethicist from St. Mary’s University, London, UK to deliver a lecture titled “Resurrecting Eugenics: Should only Healthy Children Be Born?” to a packed room of students in the Kinlaw Library. The SEARCH-sponsored event was the second of a three-part lecture series on human dignity and

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