MIZZOU LEADS with J.D. Bowers

Presented on: Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 PM CDT

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Join us for a MIZZOU LEADS conversation with Dr. J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College. J.D. is a barbecue researcher and aficionado who seeks comfort and joy in the food, and fascination in the history and dynamics of its culture and realms. Don't miss this opportunity to talk BBQ—and how it relates to the innovation and research occurring in Mizzou's Honors College!

About J.D. Bowers
Dr. J.D. Bowers has fourteen years of experience in Honors teaching and administration, and over three decades of professional experience in higher and secondary education. He is passionate about making sure that honors students at MU succeed in their academic and co-curricular pursuits, guiding students through their explorations and engagements with knowledge, specifically in an expansive (both broad and deep) understanding of the dimensions and dynamics of genocide and its lasting consequences. Through his work in the classroom and his efforts to extend students’ learning beyond those confines, he has experienced what he considers his most “notable” accomplishments.

He holds a Ph.D. and MA in history from Indiana University and a BA in government from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, is a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Award, the recipient of two awards for outstanding international teaching, the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (NIU), the 2017 Ann Covington Award for Mentoring, from MU’s Fellowships Office, and the 2019 Mizzou Alumni Association Faculty Award for Excellence.

When he has a chance, he also teaches and does research on the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of food and drink, most notably BBQ and bourbon, and has routinely co-taught one of the most popular courses in the Honors College, BBQ: Cuts, Consumption, and Culture, out of which he is currently working on several projects, including a manuscript and several articles. This class also led to the first Honors College – corporate partnership through an on-going project with Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).