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