Daytona Beach Campus


Embry-Riddle Speakers' Topics: End of Money, Shortage of Water, Future of Humans and Secrets of Genghis Khan

Daytona Beach, FL, October 1, 2012

Honors Speakers 2012


This fall, the Honors Program Distinguished Speaker Series returns for the 10th year to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Speakers will explore the future of money, water and humans, and reach into the past for leadership tips from Genghis Khan. Folk music legend John McCutcheon will also weave stories and live music in a special performance. The series runs from October through next February.

All events in the speaker series are held at 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium, Willie Miller Instructional Center, at Embry-Riddle, located at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information or to arrange interviews with speakers, please contact Honors Program Director Geoffrey Kain at (386) 226-6650 or

Honors Program Distinguished Speakers Series, 2012-2013

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

David Wolman – “The End of Money.” Wired magazine’s contributing editor David Wolman set out on a globetrotting exploration of the history and future of cash, payments, banking, and currencies. He shares highlights from his provocative new book The End of Money and argues that a monetary revolution in the making promises to change how we use, save, spend and even define money. You will never look at a dollar bill the same again.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Arthur Bergles – “Energy and Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop…” University of Maryland professor Arthur Bergles considers shortages of fresh water in relation to growing energy use and depletion of natural resources. With large amounts of water used for mining and energy conversion, the result is water pollution and intense competition for water. Techniques for using lower-quality water in power plants will be considered, and a proposal will be offered to reduce the water flow rate needed to cool power plant condensers.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Lewis Duncan – “RoboSapiens: Technology and Our Emergent Transhuman Future.” Rollins College president and noted space physicist Lewis Duncan will explore revolutionary advances in nanotechnology, neurorobotics and other technologies that are leading us to envision a hybrid biological and cyborg transhuman evolutionary future. His discussion will focus on future human societies that could result from existing and emerging technologies and the fundamental question of what it means “to be human.”

Monday, February 4, 2013

Jack Weatherford – “Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan.” Jack Weatherford, a Macalaster College anthropology professor emeritus and author of New York Times best-seller Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, reminds us that Genghis Khan was history’s greatest conqueror. Unlike Napoleon who died in exile or Alexander the Great whose empire died the day he did, Genghis Khan conquered far more territory and his Mongol nation held it for more than a century. The secrets of his success can still inspire and guide us today.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

John McCutcheon – “An Evening with John McCutcheon.” A seven-time Grammy nominee and legendary folk musician and storyteller who Johnny Cash described as “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard,” John McCutcheon will discuss creativity and interweave stories and music in this special event.

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