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.
All events at 7:30 pm in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium
Dr. Stephanie Seneff: RoundUp Ready? The Far-Reaching Impact of Intensive Glyphosate Use
MIT Senior Research Scientist Stephanie Seneff has long been at the leading edge of concern and warning regarding the mounting and deeply compelling evidence of broad systemic dangers posed by our continuing use of glyphosate, the key chemical in the herbicide RoundUp. Since the advent of the genetically-modified “RoundUp Ready” seeds patented by Monsanto/Bayer, use of glyphosate in agribusiness has increased exponentially, and globally, since it has been deemed “safe” for human consumption. Dr. Seneff will provide compelling evidence that glyphosate is the most dangerous toxic chemical in our environment today and is pervasive in our food supply. She will argue that it is the main cause of the rising rates of a large number of devastating metabolic, autoimmune, neurological and oncological diseases in America, and, increasingly, around the world. She notes that “it is also a major disruptor of the planet's ecosystem. For example, it likely plays a major role in Florida's recent crisis with cyanobacteria overgrowth.” Taking everything into account, she argues that we must “go back to renewable organic methods in agriculture to protect ourselves and the earth from devastation.”
Julie Fowlis in Concert
For millions of little girls around the world – and their parents – Julie Fowlis will forever be known for singing the theme song to Brave, Disney Pixar’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning animated film, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland. Julie was brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, the last area in Scotland where Scots Gaelic is as prominent as the dominant language of Scotland, English. Julie’s exquisite voice, her interpretation of Scottish Gaelic culture and ability to bring folk music out of the past and into something contemporary, dynamic and irresistible, are what have made her a genuine and multi-award winning crossover star. Nominated for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards 2015, as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’, and ‘Best Artist’ at the Songlines World Music Awards, Julie has a remarkable series of achievements to her name – including being the first solo Gaelic singer to be radio playlisted on the BBC, happily crossing genre to sing with Mary Chapin Carpenter or James Taylor, the five-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter; singing live to a TV audience of around 1 billion people at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July 2014; collaborating with virtuoso violinist Nicola Benedetti or pop star KT Tunstall; making history by winning a Tartan Clef Scottish Music Award in 2014, and the Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, also in 2014.
Poet, philosopher, spiritual guide, story teller, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty books including the overwhelmingly successful The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.” Mark has gathered stories and lessons of community from across cultures and history, with the aim of affirming that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone.
What brings us together and what throws us apart? How do we inhabit what we have in common as well as what makes us unique in ways that deepen our daily practice of service and compassion? To honor the timeless process that enlivens these questions, this book is focused on moments of community and how they work. The aim of this talk— and of his most recent book by the same title — is to uncover and personalize pathways that bring us together.
During the evening, Mark will explore the heartwork required to inhabit our lives by engaging our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and Source. The integrity of our heartwork depends on integrating who we are with what we do. Regardless of the service we’re called to, the central questions have always been: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis?
Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, “Failure Is Not An Option”
Legendary NASA test pilot and Apollo astronaut — including as a member of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission that somehow returned to earth when badly disabled from an on-board explosion, Fred Haise will detail the Apollo 13 story, show some footage from the actual space flight, and compare fiction/reality as he refers at times to the smash hit film Apollo 13 (starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton [as Fred Haise]) and makes clear how team work on the ground coupled with cool heads in space made the seemingly impossible possible. As NASA Chief Flight Director Gene Krantz insisted to mission control during the most difficult moments of the Apollo 13 mission, “Failure is not an option!”
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: The Cashore Marionettes
Life in Motion
Wednesday, February 27, 2019: The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHDC)
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.