NMSU’s 2010 Great Conversations offers food for the stomach, food for thought

September 14, 2010 by Leah Messina, NMSU News Center

The Honors College of New Mexico State University knows that the combination of food and stimulating topics will make for Great Conversations during their fourth annual event from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, in the courtyard of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

The community is invited to attend the dinner party-like event, which features a variety of scintillating topics hosted by experts drawn from the NMSU faculty and prominent residents of Las Cruces. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for Honors College students, who are some of the university’s most academically talented.

“This event provides both food for the stomach and food for thought,” said Bill Eamon, dean of the Honors College. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It really gives the community a chance to meet our professors and students while enjoying some stimulating and memorable conversations.”

Conversation topics for the evening will include global warming, Iranian nuclear policy, Spaceport America, the art of Georgia O’Keefe, the wine industry in New Mexico, the psychology of marketing, the music industry in America, Shakespeare on film, the historical Jesus, and genetically modified foods. Participants will have the opportunity to sit with three Honors College International Scholarship winners who will share their unique experiences studying abroad.

Each table accommodates 10 seats and attendees choose the desired topic when registering in advance online. Seat availability is being updated daily. Topics such as “Can We Live with a Nuclear Iran?” and “Blood on the Border: Revolutionaries, Soldiers of Fortune, Spies, Gun-Runners, Prostitutes, and other Unsavory Characters in the Mexican Revolution” have already sold multiple seats.

To date, the event has resulted in the creation of an endowment valued at more than $80,000 that provides funds for students to participate in international research projects. Scholarship recipients have conducted research in the United Kingdom, Bolivia, Mexico, Germany, Chile and the Czech Republic.

Tickets are $65. A donation of $50 allows an honors student to attend the dinner free of charge. Program sponsorship packages are also available and include two individual tickets to the event at all donor levels. For more information about table conversation topics, or to register for the event, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/gc.

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