Honors Series Events

The Honors Series offers topics of interest to a broad spectrum of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

When possible, the areas of expertise of the presenters are closely tied to the themes of Honors seminars. Presenters spend a class period with seminar students and also address a larger audience during a separately scheduled event.

Honors Series, 2018 - 2019

All events at 7:30 pm in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium

Julia Ioffe - What Does Russia Really Want? And what Does that Mean for the West?Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Julia Ioffe“What Does Russia Really Want? And what Does that Mean for the West?” 
Staff writer for The Atlantic—where she published the recent cover story “What Putin Really Wants”—and author of the forthcoming book Russia Girl, Julia Ioffe is a leading authority on US-Russia relations and delves into what is at stake for us in the murky realm of Russian political ambition, espionage, and cyber tampering, as she assesses Russia’s actual strategic coherence and capabilities. 

Mark Haimovitz - The Bach Suites: A Moveable FeastMonday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Matt Haimovitz “The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast”
Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as “a ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles,” and by The New Yorker as a “remarkable virtuoso.”  He has played on the world’s most prestigious stages with the likes of Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Mstislav Rostropovich.  On November 5 he will play three 35 minute “pop-up” concerts in campus locations (TBA).  At 7:30 pm on November 6 he will solo in the Lemerand Auditorium, playing from the repertoire of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. 

The Cashore Marionettes - Life in MotionWednesday, January 30, 2019

The Cashore Marionettes “Life in Motion”
Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry.  The moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, East Asia and across North America.  Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are performed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today.  Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.  With awards from the Pew Foundation, the Henson Foundation, and a Citation of Excellence from the UNIMA-USA, the highest honors an American puppeteer can receive, the Cashore Marionettes will entertain and enlighten audience members young and old.

The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance CompanyWednesday, February 27, 2019

The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHDC)
Hailed as one of the most captivating dance troupes in the Midwest, The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHDC) proudly calls Kansas City home. Known for its diverse artists, the company s mission is to present the best of American contemporary dance through exposure to nationally renowned and emerging artists. WHCDC has a bold, athletic style with repertoire ranging from the lyrical to the avant garde. The company does not shy away from using dance as a vehicle to address social issues to spark perspective and speak to the human spirit.

Past Honors Series Events

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Robert Glennon
    Imagining Our Water Future
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: ETHEL, with Robert Mirabal
    In Concert
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018: An Evening with John McCutcheon
    In Concert
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Kentaro Toyama
    Will Technology Really Solve Our Problems?
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Graeme Wood
    What ISIS Really Wants
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017: The Hot Club of San Francisco
    Postcards from Gypsyland
  • Monday, January 23, 2017: Charlie Miller
    If You Build It, I Can Break It
  • Monday, February 6, 2017: Heather Knight
    Charismatic Machine
  • Monday, October 5, 2015: Fredi Lajvardi
    Inspiring Creativity through Science
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Scott Dikkers
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Anya Kamenetz
    The Test
  • Monday, February 8, 2016: David Linden
    Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Caladh Nua
    In Concert
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Sean Carroll
    The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
  • Friday, October 24, 2014: The Turtle Island Quartet
  • January 28, 2015: Fred Haise
    Failure is Not An Option
  • April 10, 2015: Maharajah Flamenco Trio
    An Evening of Music featuring, “Music of Mystery and Imagination”
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:45-7:45 p.m.: Bill Rosemann
    "Super-Heroes on (and off) the Page"
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: UF Biology Professor Jamie Gillooly
    "Art and Engineering: The Bookends of Discovery"
  • Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch, and Wu Fei
    "Introducing... the Wu-Force!"
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: Dan Korte
    "Why be an engineer."
  • Monday, October 08, 2012: David Wolman
    "The End of Money"
  • Wednesday, November 07, 2012: Arthur Bergles
    "Energy and Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop..."
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012: Dr. Lewis Duncan
    "Robo Sapiens: Technology and our Emergent Transhuman Future"
  • Monday, February 04, 2013: Jack Weatherford
    "Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan"
  • Friday, February 15, 2013: John McCutcheon
    "An Evening with John McCutheon"
  • Monday, October 10, 2011: Peter Bergen
    "The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East (and What it Means for Oil, Israel, Terrorism and America)"
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2012: James Bradley
    "Doing the Impossible"
  • Thursday, March 1, 2012: Dr. Vladimir Golubev
    "Eyes in the Sky: How MAV Research Brings Science Fiction to Reality"
    First Annual ERAU Researcher of the Year Lecture
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012: Captain Al Haynes
    "Teamwork in Crisis: The Story of Flight 232"
  • Monday, October 11, 2010: Arun Gandhi
    "Lessons from Grandfather"
  • Monday, November 22, 2010: Norman Augustine
    "Aerospace: Past, Present and Future"
  • Monday, January 31, 2011: Steven Solomon
    "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization"
  • Monday, February 28, 2011: George Michelsen Foy
    "Zero Decibels: The Search for Absolute Silence"
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2011: Fabien Cousteau
    "The Ocean Adventures"
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2010: Homer Hickam
    "Dare to Dream” in “An Evening with Homer Hickam"
  • Monday, October 12, 2009: Jerome Ringo
    "The Green Economy: America’s New Frontier"
  • Monday, November 16, 2009: Dr. Bruce Jakosky
    "Science, Society and the Search for Life Elsewhere"
  • Monday, January 25, 2009: Carbon Sciences CEO, Byron Elton
    "Carbon as an Answer, not Just an Enemy"
  • Monday, November 10, 2008: Pete Earley
    "Inside the Mind of a Traitor"
  • Monday, December 1, 2008: Dr. Mike Brown
    "How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming"
  • Monday, February 2, 2009: General Russel Honore
    "The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina"
  • Monday, February 23, 2009: Dr. Raymond Tanter
    "U.S. Policy Toward Iran"
  • Monday, March 30, 2009: Dr. Padraig O'Malley
    "Efforts at Peace and Reconciliation in Iraq"

Faculty Speaker Series

Since its inception, the Honors Program has sponsored a monthly lecture series featuring members of the Embry-Riddle faculty. The talks (known informally as the Feed Your Head series) also include pizza, beverages, and plenty of informal discussion for everyone.


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