The life of Mark Twain. The rise of the surveillance state. Aerial dance. A history of African American music. The curious case of the disappearing bee. How Will became Shakespeare. Restoring the Mississippi River. Societal impacts of genetic engineering.
These topics have been included in Scholars Forum, which provides opportunities for students to encounter and consider controversial issues, cutting-edge technologies and a range of questions drawn from the arts, the sciences, and politics. Scholars Forum features musical and theatrical performances, addresses by major public figures, world-class scientists and renowned authors, conversations with faculty members, and debates and discussions of significant public policy issues.
Recent Scholars Forum Guests
- Jasmine Crowe, founder, and CEO of Goodr
- Local hip-hop supergroup Kooley High
- Author and acclaimed astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack
- Award-winning musician Rissi Palmer
- NASA astronaut and USP graduate Christina Koch
- Grammy Award-winning Latin Jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill
- Materials scientist and author Dr. Ainissa Ramirez
- and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario
In addition to the weekly Scholars Forum, students also have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of Alternate Forum events including:
- small group discussions such as our book club and in the headlines events
- films in our film series
- musical and theatrical performances hosted by Arts NC State, NC State LIVE, and theatres throughout the Triangle
- field trips to museums and other sites of cultural and historical significance
- outoor excursions such as stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and orienteering
- volunteer service opportunities with local not for profit partners
In order to successfully pass the course, students must attend a minimum of 12 Scholars Forum events over the course of the semester. A link to the full schedule of Scholars Forum events can be found by navigating the side menu of this page. University Scholars are required to successfully pass three semesters of Scholars Forum in their first four semesters in the program. University Honors students must complete one semester of Scholars Forum.