Fall 2020 Honors Seminar Series

Virtually join us during the Fall 2020 term to learn about research, obstacles and career paths of UM faculty and Honors Alumni.




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Dr. John Burkhardt

Let curiosity lead the way! Dr. John Burkhardt will join us to discuss the impact of curiosity as a driving force behind positive change, career decisions, and life choices. No stranger to an unexpected path in life, Dr. Burkhardt will be discussing his passion for education and helping others along with the balancing act of life in the emergency department and academic responsibilities in teaching and research.

His own journey began in the Honors Program with a History major at U-M. Dr. Burkhardt then moved on to Medical School at Case Western and chose to return to Michigan for his residency in emergency medicine. It was during residency that his unexpected career path commenced as he decided to make medical education (an MA and Ph.D. at Michigan) a large focus of his career in addition to work as a practitioner.

Please join us to learn more about Dr. John Burkhardt’s path and why he is passionate about the work he does in medical education toward increased accountability and equity.

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Dr. Reshma Jagsi

Join us to learn about Dr. Jagsi's career and experiences as a Marshall Scholar. 

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Ethan Kross
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Julie Boland

Conversation usually seems effortless, but the rapid transitions between speakers entail multi-tasking that challenges our understanding of attention and working memory. In my lab, we've been conducting experiments to better understand this puzzle and I will describe some of our recent results.

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Sara Fitzgerald

In 1970, as Michigan prepared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the admission of women, women faculty at U.S. colleges were exempted from the protections of the major civil rights laws and the U-M admissions office was enforcing a 55:45 quota on male-female admissions to ensure that there would not be an “overbalance” of women in the freshman class. But a small group of Ann Arbor women developed a strategy to unleash the power of the federal government to demand change at U-M by threatening to withhold millions of dollars in federal contracts. The settlement provided the model for resolving similar complaints at dozens of other universities in the years immediately before the passage of Title IX. Sara Fitzgerald, then an Honors history major, covered the controversy for The Michigan Daily, and a half-century later, reflects on how that time on campus shaped her own career aspirations and writing interests.

Author of "Conquering Heroines", and Honors alumna,  Sara Fitzgerald is a former editor and new-media developer for the Washington Post and was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily. She is the author of Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates (University of Michigan Press, 2012) and The Poet’s Girl (Thought Catalog Books, 2020). www.sarafitzgerald.com

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Fall 2020 Honors Seminar Series
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