Florida Tech’s Lifelong Scholar Society Announces Spring Lecture Schedule

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology Lifelong Scholar Society announces a diverse, eight-part, spring lecture series starting Jan. 16. Lectures are open to the public and suitable for any adult seeking the college experience without the homework and stress. Lecturers include a former NASA astronaut, and noted professors and graduate students.

The presentations will be held in the early evening twice a month, January-April, rotating between the Harris Community Auditorium, next door to Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum, and the Knowledge Exchange, off Babcock Street in Palm Bay.

The first lecture, Jan. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., is “Gravity: Space Secrets the Movie Did Not Show You,” presented by Winston Scott, former astronaut and senior vice president for external relations and economic development, Florida Tech.

Subsequent lectures are: Jan. 30, “WWII: The Dark Side of Human Nature,” presented by Osita Onyejekwe, Florida Tech Ph.D student, 6-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12, “Survival in Space: The Human Factors of Space Exploration,” by Jason Kring, assistant professor at Embry-Riddle, , 6-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 27, “March to Victory: Perspectives on World War II in Western Europe, 1944-1945,” presented by Robert Taylor, associate dean and head, Florida Tech School of Arts and Communication, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 13, “Sunjammer: The largest solar sail to ever fly in space,” presented by Don Platt, program director, Florida Tech’s Space Systems Master’s Degree Program, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 27, “School for Victory: Florida’s Role in World War II,” presented by Robert Taylor, 6-7:30 p.m.; April 3, “I lived on Mars…well, kind of!,” presented by John Deaton, director of research and chair, Human Factors Program, 6-7:30 p.m.; April 24, “Things Fall Apart: Poetic Experimentation and World War II,” presented by Chris Frongillo, assistant professor, College of Psychology and Liberal Arts.

Tickets for each lecture are $20; $15 with coupon code SPRING13, or $10 for members. The Lifelong Scholar Society is now offering a yearly membership for $35, which includes half priced tickets to lectures, three dinners at Panther Dining, and a custom name tag. Tickets include a slice of freshly baked pie from Joan’s Perfect Pies located in downtown Eau Gallie at each lecture; refreshments will be served during the 30-minute Q & A discussion segment.

Call (321) 674-8382 or email pdpregistration@fit.edu for more information.

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