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Embry-Riddle Schedules Fall 2012 Events in President's Speaker Series

Daytona Beach, FL, August 31, 2012

President Series Fall 2012

Gibbs and Duffy

Embry-Riddle’s popular President’s Speaker Series will resume in September, covering such diverse topics as air travel safety, homeland security, the war on illegal drugs, the Cuban missile crisis and the exclusive “club” of the U.S. presidents.

Sponsored by the office of Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson, this annual series of town hall forums cultivates a more informed electorate through lively presentations on topics of public interest. Each forum is moderated by Marc Bernier, special assistant to Dr. Johnson.

The 90-minute presentations are free and open to the public, and all events will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. In addition, some of the forums will be broadcast live on radio station 1150AM WNDB and will be recorded for airing at For information on these and future events in the President’s Speaker Series, call (386) 226-6222 or (386) 226-7285.

Fast and Furious
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Investigative journalist Katie Pavlich will be interviewed on her book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up, touching on such issues as national security and the nation’s war on illegal drugs. The conservative commentator is an editor at and has appeared on Fox News, Fox BusinessNetwork and MSNBC. Pavlich will sign copies of her book after the interview.

Why Planes Crash
Monday, Sept. 24
David Soucie, a former aviation executive and FAA inspector, will discuss the risks of air travel as outlined in his book Why Planes Crash: An Accident Investigator Fights for Safe Skies. Soucie currently works with the FAA as a member of the Safety Management Implementation Committee and also serves on the Safety Management Systems Focus Group in Washington, D.C. Focusing on understanding the risks of air travel, he has advised the Obama administration and serves as an industry representative. A book signing will follow the discussion.

The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later
Thursday, Oct. 4
Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson and Dr. Timothy McKeown, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and its impact on U.S. foreign policy. Dr. McKeown is considered the nation’s leading expert on this critical event in U.S. history. Dr. Johnson will provide a modern perspective on the Monroe Doctrine and its relevance to the 13-day missile crisis that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union.

The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity
Thursday, Oct. 25
Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, top editors of Time magazine, will speak on their new book, The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. This anecdote-rich bestseller reveals the secret history of the private relationships among the last 13 U.S. presidents, exploring backroom deals, rescue missions, and the secret alliances and bitter rivalries of the men who served as commander in chief. A book signing will follow the discussion.

An Evening with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
Monday, Nov. 12
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will discuss the pressing issues facing the United States in the wake of the November elections, taking questions from the audience in an interview format. Nelson is a former U.S. congressman as well as treasurer and insurance commissioner of Florida. In 1986, he was a payload specialist on space shuttle Columbia’s STS-61-C mission, becoming the second sitting member of the U.S. Congress to fly in space.

The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad
Thursday, Nov. 29
Georgetown University professor John Schmidt will discuss his book The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad, which examines Pakistan’s relationship with radical Islam and why that nation became a haven for al-Qaida and other jihadist groups. Schmidt held senior positions in the U.S. State Department for 30 years, including time as a political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad in the three years leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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