Spring 2016 Honors Program Colloquium and Seminars:
SM450: Management Honors Seminar: International Field Seminar
Professor David Randall
Questrom Honors Program sophomores will be registered for SM450 on November 13th
Honors Program juniors and seniors wishing to register for an Honors Program Seminar, please review the seminar descriptions below and use the registration form below that to indicate your selection. Forms submitted before November 6th will be processed before registration on November 8.
- SM454 Beyond the Elevator Pitch: Strategic Business Communication
- SM456 Religious Freedom, Discrimination, and the Role of Business
- Registration Form
SM454: Beyond the Elevator Pitch: Strategic Business Communication
The key to successful business interactions often comes down to effective communication practices. The way we express ourselves through writing and speech can make or break a networking exchange, interview, presentation, or business relationship. Through the exploration of topics such as emotional intelligence, self-awareness, perception, feedback, and presentation skills, this course will help participants become increasingly polished, strategic communicators in the professional world.
SM456: Religious Freedom, Discrimination, and the Role of Business
Fridays, 9am to noon, February 2 through March 25
One of the most compelling legal, ethical and policy issues to face business today is the conflict between religious freedom and discrimination. From the business world’s response to Religious Freedom statutes passed in Indiana and Arkansas, to religious organizations’ refusal to ask for exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of contraception, to the photographer who refuses to photograph a same-sex wedding, this debate touches businesses small and large, the government, and individuals. The debate strikes at the heart of the United States’ founding values of religious freedom and equality, and how these values so often conflict. Every business leader must consider how to balance these important values, both within an organization and in how the organization behaves as a member of society. We will study the law surrounding these values, from Supreme Court decisions to state statutes. We will look at corporate policies and responses to the debate. We will also consider whether the government should be treated differently, looking closely at current events such as the Kentucky Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses. Course goals include: – Understand the legal framework of religious freedom in the United States – Learn the legal framework impacts different organizations, from public corporations to religious non-profits – Learning more about corporate responses to the conflict between religious freedom and discrimination – Develop skills for addressing sensitive societal issues in a business setting – Consider the roles of the court, the legislature, and business in society – And more!