Fall 2023 Speakers
All events are at 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public, all students, staff, faculty and administration.
Saturday, October 14
Grammy Award winner Julie Fowlis (the voice behind Disney’s “Brave”), together with an ensemble of other Celtic musicians, will entertain concertgoers with a rich and poignant mix of Scottish and Irish folk music, sung mostly in Gaelic. You won’t want to miss this top-drawer performance in our own intimate setting. An unforgettable evening of music and story from internationally celebrated musicians.
Wednesday, November 1
Astrophysicist and author Dr. Erika Nesvold has worked as a researcher at NASA Goddard and the Carnegie Institution for Science. She is a developer for Universe Sandbox, a physics-based space simulator; cofounder of the nonprofit organization the JustSpace Alliance; and the creator and host of the podcast “Making New Worlds.” She has published two books, including “Off-Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space” (MIT Press, 2023). She asks, “How will we learn from history, ethics and the social sciences to build a better future in space?”
Wednesday, November 29
Dr. Marcus Eriksen, marine scientist, author and artist, will reflect on his many ocean voyages aboard his hand-crafted pontoon vessel, “JUNK,” kept afloat by 15,000 single-use plastic water bottles, as he sailed to and through all the planet’s five major gyres, collecting data on plastics in the ocean. He is a major contributor to science and the educational effort to allow us to understand the enormity and pressing significance of the plastics problems we continue to threaten ourselves with. Gulf War veteran, farmer, sailor, scientist and leader of the Five Gyres Institute, Dr. Eriksen provides unforgettable insights from his intense and exhaustive explorations.
Past Honors Series Events
- Wednesday, February 22: Winona LaDuke
What Does It Mean to Be a Water Protector — in Florida?
- Wednesday, February 2: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
- Tuesday, February 8: Martin Ford
Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything
- Tuesday, March 29: Fred Haise
Failure Is Not an Option
- Wednesday, November 2: Timothy A. Wise
Eating Tomorrow: The Battle for the Future of Food
- Monday, November 14: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants”
- Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Dr. Stephanie Seneff
RoundUp Ready? The Far-Reaching Impact of Intensive Glyphosate Use
Tuesday, October 15, 2019: Julie Fowlis
- Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Mark Nepo
More Together Than Alone
Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Hais
Failure Is Not An Option
- 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"