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
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.
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 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 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.
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.