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.

Julie FowlisSaturday, 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.

Erika Nesvold

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?”

Marcus EriksenWednesday, 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
    In Concert

  • 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
    In Concert
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018: An Evening with John McCutcheon
    In Concert
  • 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
    Charismatic Machine
  • Monday, October 5, 2015: Fredi Lajvardi
    Inspiring Creativity through Science
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Scott Dikkers
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Anya Kamenetz
    The Test
  • Monday, February 8, 2016: David Linden
    Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Caladh Nua
    In Concert
  • 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"

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