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.
The events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Lemerand Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Robert Glennon
Imagining Our Water Future
Internationally renowned water resource expert, and best-selling author of Unquenchable. With his deep grasp of the scientific, historical, economic and legal issues associated with America’s water predicament, Robert Glennon gives audiences a comprehensive understanding of why a water shortage is imminent and what it will take to save the country’s dwindling supply. With detailed, actionable suggestions, he lays out an attainable vision for a sustainable water future and helps audience members to identify their role in contributing to this growing cause of concern.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017: ETHEL, with Robert Mirabal
Continuing a deeply successful six-year collaboration inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the Sun, ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three time GRAMMY® Award winner present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. The inspiration this time is Water as the embodiment of Spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018: An Evening with John McCutcheon
A one-man musical tour de force, John McCutcheon has been called “one of the best musicians in the USA” by Pete Seeger, and “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard” by Johnny Cash. Prolific singer/songwriter, storyteller, and master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, keyboards, and hammer dulcimer, as well as 7 time Grammy Award nominee, an evening with John McCutcheon is an unforgettable experience.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Kentaro Toyama
Will Technology Really Solve Our Problems?
It’s a common enough refrain: technology will save the world. But can laptops and cellphones really enact social change? In his highly acclaimed 2015 book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Kentaro Toyama debunks the claims of tech zealots and reveals why humans are more effective than gadgets. In our quest for better learning, stronger communities, and global poverty reduction, Toyama shows that social challenges are best met with deeply social solutions. Kentaro Toyama, formerly with Microsoft, is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.
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.