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.

2022 Speakers

These sessions will take place in the Willie Miller Instructional Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Robin Wall KimmererFebruary 2: Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the teaching of Plants.”

Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. A Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, she is also the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY Syracuse. Author of several books and a frequent guest on major media outlets, she focuses on restoration of our relationship with Nature.


Martin FordFebruary 8: Martin Ford, “Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything.”

A McKinsey award-winning author, software entrepreneur, and TED mainstage speaker, Ford poses provocative questions and scenarios regarding an imminent future in which an increasing number of jobs held by humans will be displaced by rapidly evolving AI/machine learning. What will our roles be? Author of Architects of Intelligence, Rise of the Robots (NY Times Bestseller), and now Rule of the Robots, Ford’s is a voice to be heard.


Fred HaiseMarch 29: Fred Haise, “Failure is Not an Option.”

Legendary NASA test pilot, Apollo 13 astronaut, and Northrup-Grumman executive, Fred Haise will focus on the failures and successes of the Apollo 13 mission and his career in aerospace, with suggestions as to where we go from here.

Past Honors Series Events

  • 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"

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.


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Daytona Beach, Florida 32114


For more information on courses and dates, check out the Daytona Beach Campus Catalog.

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