WHAT: The Embry-Riddle President’s Speaker Series for fall 2014 at the Daytona Beach Campus begins Sept. 9 as host Marc Bernier discusses Ethics, Sports and Fair Play with Embry-Riddle head basketball coach Steve Ridder and former ESPN analyst Chuck Wilson. This year, the President’s Speaker Series extends its frequency and scope to include geopolitical issues, and topics on cultural differences and social relationships.
“The President’s Speaker Series is being expanded this year in a manner designed to encourage reasoned discourse on issues of concern to our nation and the world,” notes Dr. John P. Johnson, President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and sponsor of the speaker series. “We hope that both our students and the Daytona Beach community will benefit from programs that provide a greater awareness of the world we live in to help make us more enlightened citizens.”
Topics scheduled through early November include authors of books on marriage equality, the war in Iraq, and the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals, a look at the November elections and discussions on cybersecurity and U.S. foreign policy.
Each 90-minute President’s Speaker Series event is free, open to the public and will also be broadcast live on FM93.5/AM1150 WNDB and via the web on the Marc Bernier Show website.
WHERE: Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium, Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fla. Click here for a map of the campus.
WHEN: The President’s Speaker Series events include:
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. - Ethics, Sports and Fair Play
This discussion features Embry-Riddle head basketball coach Steve Ridder and former ESPN analyst and creator of Even Field, Chuck Wilson. The conversation with host Marc Bernier will emphasize ethics from youth to adulthood through stories involving athletes. This event is free and audience participation is encouraged.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. - Jo Becker, Author of Forcing Spring; Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality
New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jo Becker will discuss with Marc Bernier the legal battle for same-sex marriage that has revealed deep changes in the cultural and political landscape of the United States. A book signing will follow the interview and audience participation. This event is free.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. - Former Assistant Defense Secretary Frank Gaffney
Frank Gaffney, former Assistant Defense Secretary during President Reagan’s administration, and host Marc Bernier will discuss the possible threat of electromagnetic pulse and nuclear weapons to the United States in relation to U.S. foreign policy. This event is free.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. - Cybersecurity: Does It Exist?
Join Marc Bernier for a question-and-answer session on cybersecurity with Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Gary Kessler, associate professor of Homeland Security, and Dr. Remzi Seker, professor of Computer Science. Find out what happens to your credit when your online identity is stolen. Who is reading your email, and who knows what you are searching for on the Internet? Expect some surprising answers. This event is free.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. - What to Expect In the Mid-Term Elections
Fox News Channel political analyst John Leboutillier will analyze the issues and candidates leading up to the national and state elections on Nov. 4 in a question-and-answer session with Marc Bernier and audience participants. This event is free.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. – Tim Townsend, Author of Mission at Nuremberg
Tim Townsend will speak to Marc Bernier about the remarkable life of Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke, who in 1943 at the age of 50 enlisted as an Army chaplain. At the war’s end, Gerecke was recruited for the most difficult job of his life: ministering to 21 Nazis leaders awaiting trial at Nuremberg. In his book, Townsend confronts difficult spiritual and ethical issues that continue to hold meaning today. Townsend is senior writer and editor for the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project. A book signing will follow the discussion. This event is free.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. – Michael Banzet, Author of A Flowershop in Baghdad
Maj. Michael Banzet and host Marc Bernier will discuss the hidden efforts of the American, British and desperately courageous Iraqis to build a new Air Force out of war and destruction. A book signing will follow the discussion. This event is free.
The media are invited to photograph/videotape all President’s Speaker Series events. For more information, call Marc Bernier at (386) 226-6222 or (386) 226-7285.
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