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Embry-Riddle Launches Fall 2013 President's Speaker Series

Daytona Beach, FL, August 16, 2013

Presidents Speaker Series Fall 2013


The Fall 2013 President’s Speaker Series at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus will host speakers on topics ranging from the Iraq War, illegal immigration and Florida agriculture to the lighter side of life with a motivational presentation on reaching goals and another celebrating the achievements of ordinary Americans.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson, the speaker series seeks to engage the student body, the campus community and area residents in current political issues, trigger productive debate and produce a more educated electorate.

Each 90-minute free event is open to the public and starts 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.

All events will be moderated by Marc Bernier, special assistant to Dr. Johnson, with most of the events broadcast live on 1150AM WNDB and streamed live  at

The Inside Story on Illegal Immigration
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Sharing their insights on our nation’s struggle to secure its borders will be two speakers, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Michael Cutler, a retired Immigration and Naturalization Service agent with 30 years of experience who is frequently called upon by Congress and the news media for his expertise.

Remarkable Courage: A Systemized Strategy for Success
Monday, Sept. 23
Deb Cheslow will discuss her latest book, sharing tips and tools for getting motivated to reach personal and professional goals. Formerly an Air Force instructor pilot, Cheslow is now a business consultant frequently featured in the national media. A book signing will follow.

Breaking Iraq: The Ten Mistakes that Broke Iraq
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Retired U.S. Army Col. Ted Spain will discuss his new book, which is based on his experiences as commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade during the ground war in Iraq and the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A book signing will follow.

An Update on Florida Agriculture
Friday, Nov. 8
Adam Putnam, Florida Agriculture Commissioner, will speak on his department’s efforts to promote Florida agriculture, foster innovation in energy development, provide a safe and abundant food supply and manage the state’s forest resources.

American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Bob Dotson, an award-winning journalist who regularly appears on The Today Show and other NBC news programs, will discuss his latest book, based on his travels across America. A book signing will follow.

For more information on the President’s Speaker Series, contact Marc Bernier at (386) 226-7285 or


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