Honors Series Events
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.
Honors Series, 2019 - 2020
All events at 7:30 pm in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium
Wednesday, September 25
Dr. Stephanie Seneff: RoundUp Ready? The Far-Reaching Impact of Intensive Glyphosate Use
MIT Senior Research Scientist Stephanie Seneff has long been at the leading edge of concern and warning regarding the mounting and deeply compelling evidence of broad systemic dangers posed by our continuing use of glyphosate, the key chemical in the herbicide RoundUp. Since the advent of the genetically-modified “RoundUp Ready” seeds patented by Monsanto/Bayer, use of glyphosate in agribusiness has increased exponentially, and globally, since it has been deemed “safe” for human consumption. Dr. Seneff will provide compelling evidence that glyphosate is the most dangerous toxic chemical in our environment today and is pervasive in our food supply. She will argue that it is the main cause of the rising rates of a large number of devastating metabolic, autoimmune, neurological and oncological diseases in America, and, increasingly, around the world. She notes that “it is also a major disruptor of the planet's ecosystem. For example, it likely plays a major role in Florida's recent crisis with cyanobacteria overgrowth.” Taking everything into account, she argues that we must “go back to renewable organic methods in agriculture to protect ourselves and the earth from devastation.”
Tuesday, October 15
Julie Fowlis in Concert
For millions of little girls around the world – and their parents – Julie Fowlis will forever be known for singing the theme song to Brave, Disney Pixar’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning animated film, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland. Julie was brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, the last area in Scotland where Scots Gaelic is as prominent as the dominant language of Scotland, English. Julie’s exquisite voice, her interpretation of Scottish Gaelic culture and ability to bring folk music out of the past and into something contemporary, dynamic and irresistible, are what have made her a genuine and multi-award winning crossover star. Nominated for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards 2015, as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’, and ‘Best Artist’ at the Songlines World Music Awards, Julie has a remarkable series of achievements to her name – including being the first solo Gaelic singer to be radio playlisted on the BBC, happily crossing genre to sing with Mary Chapin Carpenter or James Taylor, the five-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter; singing live to a TV audience of around 1 billion people at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July 2014; collaborating with virtuoso violinist Nicola Benedetti or pop star KT Tunstall; making history by winning a Tartan Clef Scottish Music Award in 2014, and the Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, also in 2014.
Wednesday, November 20
Mark Nepo, “More Together Than Alone”
Poet, philosopher, spiritual guide, story teller, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty books including the overwhelmingly successful The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.” Mark has gathered stories and lessons of community from across cultures and history, with the aim of affirming that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone.
What brings us together and what throws us apart? How do we inhabit what we have in common as well as what makes us unique in ways that deepen our daily practice of service and compassion? To honor the timeless process that enlivens these questions, this book is focused on moments of community and how they work. The aim of this talk— and of his most recent book by the same title — is to uncover and personalize pathways that bring us together.
During the evening, Mark will explore the heartwork required to inhabit our lives by engaging our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and Source. The integrity of our heartwork depends on integrating who we are with what we do. Regardless of the service we’re called to, the central questions have always been: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis?
Tuesday, March 31
Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, “Failure Is Not An Option”
Legendary NASA test pilot and Apollo astronaut — including as a member of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission that somehow returned to earth when badly disabled from an on-board explosion, Fred Haise will detail the Apollo 13 story, show some footage from the actual space flight, and compare fiction/reality as he refers at times to the smash hit film Apollo 13 (starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton [as Fred Haise]) and makes clear how team work on the ground coupled with cool heads in space made the seemingly impossible possible. As NASA Chief Flight Director Gene Krantz insisted to mission control during the most difficult moments of the Apollo 13 mission, “Failure is not an option!”
Past Honors Series Events
- Tuesday, October 9, 2018: Julia Ioffe
What Does Russia Really Want
- Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2018: Matt Haimovitz
The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: The Cashore Marionettes
Life in Motion
Wednesday, February 27, 2019: The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHDC)
- Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Robert Glennon
Imagining Our Water Future
- Wednesday, November 15, 2017: ETHEL, with Robert Mirabal
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018: An Evening with John McCutcheon
- Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Kentaro Toyama
Will Technology Really Solve Our Problems?
- Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Graeme Wood
What ISIS Really Wants
- Wednesday, April 5, 2017: The Hot Club of San Francisco
Postcards from Gypsyland
- Monday, January 23, 2017: Charlie Miller
If You Build It, I Can Break It
- Monday, February 6, 2017: Heather Knight
- Monday, October 5, 2015: Fredi Lajvardi
Inspiring Creativity through Science
- Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Scott Dikkers
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Anya Kamenetz
- Monday, February 8, 2016: David Linden
Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind
- Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Caladh Nua
- Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Sean Carroll
The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
- Friday, October 24, 2014: The Turtle Island Quartet
- January 28, 2015: Fred Haise
Failure is Not An Option
- April 10, 2015: Maharajah Flamenco Trio
An Evening of Music featuring, “Music of Mystery and Imagination”
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:45-7:45 p.m.: Bill Rosemann
"Super-Heroes on (and off) the Page"
- Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: UF Biology Professor Jamie Gillooly
"Art and Engineering: The Bookends of Discovery"
- Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch, and Wu Fei
"Introducing... the Wu-Force!"
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: Dan Korte
"Why be an engineer."
- Monday, October 08, 2012: David Wolman
"The End of Money"
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012: Arthur Bergles
"Energy and Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop..."
- Wednesday, November 28, 2012: Dr. Lewis Duncan
"Robo Sapiens: Technology and our Emergent Transhuman Future"
- Monday, February 04, 2013: Jack Weatherford
"Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan"
- Friday, February 15, 2013: John McCutcheon
"An Evening with John McCutheon"
- Monday, October 10, 2011: Peter Bergen
"The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East (and What it Means for Oil, Israel, Terrorism and America)"
- Wednesday, February 1, 2012: James Bradley
"Doing the Impossible"
- Thursday, March 1, 2012: Dr. Vladimir Golubev
"Eyes in the Sky: How MAV Research Brings Science Fiction to Reality"
First Annual ERAU Researcher of the Year Lecture
- Tuesday, April 3, 2012: Captain Al Haynes
"Teamwork in Crisis: The Story of Flight 232"
- Monday, October 11, 2010: Arun Gandhi
"Lessons from Grandfather"
- Monday, November 22, 2010: Norman Augustine
"Aerospace: Past, Present and Future"
- Monday, January 31, 2011: Steven Solomon
"Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization"
- Monday, February 28, 2011: George Michelsen Foy
"Zero Decibels: The Search for Absolute Silence"
- Wednesday, March 9, 2011: Fabien Cousteau
"The Ocean Adventures"
- Tuesday, February 16, 2010: Homer Hickam
"Dare to Dream” in “An Evening with Homer Hickam"
- Monday, October 12, 2009: Jerome Ringo
"The Green Economy: America’s New Frontier"
- Monday, November 16, 2009: Dr. Bruce Jakosky
"Science, Society and the Search for Life Elsewhere"
- Monday, January 25, 2009: Carbon Sciences CEO, Byron Elton
"Carbon as an Answer, not Just an Enemy"
- Monday, November 10, 2008: Pete Earley
"Inside the Mind of a Traitor"
- Monday, December 1, 2008: Dr. Mike Brown
"How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming"
- Monday, February 2, 2009: General Russel Honore
"The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina"
- Monday, February 23, 2009: Dr. Raymond Tanter
"U.S. Policy Toward Iran"
- Monday, March 30, 2009: Dr. Padraig O'Malley
"Efforts at Peace and Reconciliation in Iraq"
Faculty Speaker Series
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.