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Hutton Honors College

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Each year the Hutton Honors College sponsors 60-70 extracurricular programs that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of undergraduates at Indiana University. Each year scores of HHC students, working with faculty and staff, propose program ideas, serve as planners and hosts, provide publicity, or otherwise contribute to the creation and presentation of the programs.

Gatherings, often over lunch or supper, give students occasions to talk informally with faculty, community leaders, and distinguished campus visitors about political, social, economic, environmental, cultural, and personal issues and topics. Recent guests have included

  • U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III (who presided over Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District)
  • Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson
  • Wendy Chamberlin, former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and Laos and current president of the Middle East Institute
  • ethnobotanist and slow food advocate Gary Nabhan
  • Lord John Roper of the British House of Lords
  • Yale pediatrics professor and practitioner Mark Mercurio
  • rock musician Kamara Thomas of Earl Greyhound
  • Jessica Jackley, co-founder of
  • Darwinian gastronomist Paul Sherman
  • David Hatch, historian for the National Security Agency
  • the award-winning Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
  • Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing?
  • Cornell literary theorist Jonathan Culler
  • Sir Ivor Roberts, former British ambassador to Ireland, Italy, San Marino, and Yugoslavia and current president of Trinity College, Oxford University
  • primatologists Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth
  • Kandia Crazy Horse, rock music critic
  • environmentalist and attorney Bruce Rich, author of Mortgaging the Earth
  • British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald
  • evolutionary theologist John Haught
  • Andrew Knoll, Harvard paleontologist and member of the Mars exploration rover science team
  • Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman, author of Reaching Beyond Race
  • farmer and local food advocate Joel Salatin of The Omnivore's Dilemma fame
  • playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
  • Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • and others!
Workshops and other types of programming offer opportunities to tackle tough policy issues, from climate change to the way the United States chooses its presidential candidates to access to health care. Lab walks/talks and discussion events provide opportunities to learn about the research of IU faculty and campus visitors.

Students attend the opera, theatre, ballet, and events at the IU Auditorium, often with a pre- or post-performance conversation with a renowned performer or knowledgeable guest speaker. There are events at other special places, on-campus and off, including the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the internationally renowned IU Art Museum, backstage at the Musical Arts Center, and the Bloomington Farmers Market. Mixers at the Art Museum's coffeehouses match art, music, coffee, and sweet treats from different times and places. There are movie matinees, short story discussions, and game and murder mystery nights.

Together with the many social, intellectual, and cultural opportunities that Indiana University provides, Hutton Honors College extracurricular activities provide a wide range of opportunities for undergraduates.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the HHC extracurricular programming office at

At Hutton Honors College programs diverse views and opinions are expressed by a wide variety of speakers and presenters. Sponsorship, co-sponsorship, or hosting of extracurricular programs by the Hutton Honors College does not constitute an endorsement by the Honors College of the content, views, or opinions expressed at these programs.

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