Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Rose Earhart, named after the famous aviator, flew around the world in 2014. She will speak at Embry-Riddle in October.

Future Guests are George Will, Ann Romney, Valerie Plame Wilson and Amelia Rose Earhart 

Tuskegee Red Tail Pilots to Kick Off President’s Speaker Series at Embry-Riddle

Tue Jul 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Rose Earhart, named after the famous aviator, flew around the world in 2014. She will speak at Embry-Riddle in October.

Future Guests are George Will, Ann Romney, Valerie Plame Wilson and Amelia Rose Earhart

The Embry-Riddle Fall 2015 President’s Speaker Series at the Daytona Beach Campus begins Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a presentation by Lt. Col. Leo Gray and Lt. Col. George Hardy, pilots who flew in the Tuskegee Red Tail Squadron in World War II.

Headlining the remaining events in the series are political commentator and columnist George Will; political spouse and author Ann Romney; former CIA agent and author Valerie Plame Wilson; and globe-circling pilot Amelia Rose Earhart.

Moderated by talk show host Marc Bernier, the series presents lively speakers who address engaging topics of political, social and cultural importance.

Each 90-minute President’s Speaker Series event is free and open to the public. Some sessions will be broadcast live on FM93.5/AM1150 WNDB and online at the Marc Bernier Show website and may be rebroadcast later. Learn more about the President’s Speaker Series at

All events begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m., and are held in the auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Overflow viewing rooms will be available with open seating. Click here for a map of the campus.

Soaring High with the Red Tail Pilots
Wednesday, Sept. 2
As Tuskegee airmen in World War II, Lt. Col. Leo Gray and Lt. Col. George Hardy flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, “The Red Tails,” fighting both the Nazi war machine and American prejudice. They will discuss their experiences as America’s first black military pilots, joined by honorary Red Tail pilot Michael McKenzie, President and CEO of Vision of Flight, an Orlando-based organization that introduces youngsters to aviation/aerospace activities and careers. A question-and-answer session will follow.

An Evening with George Will
Tuesday, Sept. 15
George Will’s columns, which appear twice a week in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and Europe, have made him the world’s most widely read columnist and earned him a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He has published eight collections of his Washington Post and Newsweek columns as well as three books on baseball. At his Embry-Riddle appearance he will preview the 2016 presidential election field, discuss national and international issues and share his passion for his favorite sport. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Following the Legacy with Amelia Rose Earhart
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Amelia Rose Earhart, named after famed aviator Amelia Earhart, piloted a single-engine aircraft around the world in 2014, making 17 stops and accruing 24,300 nautical miles in 108 flying hours. She is the founder and president of the Fly with Amelia Foundation, an organization that helps young women learn to fly through scholarships and educational STEM opportunities. In her presentation she will discuss her efforts to raise the profile of women in aviation through her foundation. A question-and-answer session will follow.

In This Together: My Story with Ann Romney
Monday, Oct. 26
In her latest book, Ann Romney reflects on her early life, her marriage to former presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, and her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and recovery. She reveals the sources of her faith and shares the stories of others who overcame adversity and inspired her to keep going. In This Together is a brave and deeply honest portrait of a family facing an unexpected blow, often in the most public of circumstances. A book signing will follow a question-and-answer session.

My Life as a Spywith Valerie Plame Wilson
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson will discuss the current political scene, her life as the wife of former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson and the events chronicled in her New York Times best-selling memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was made into a major motion picture of the same name starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. A book signing will follow a question-and-answer session.

News 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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