Child Of The Sun


Distinguished Speakers Series

All lectures are at 7:00 PM in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, and are free and open to the public.

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A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era

The 2018 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series explores the murky waters of a post-truth environment.

Dubbed the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2016, “post-truth” describes a situation “in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” A best-selling author and columnist, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and a former White House Press Secretary join us this year to examine how we can navigate and respond to a post-truth era.

Spring 2018 Schedule

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Maria Konnikova - February 13

Science blogger for the New Yorker and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Confidence Game and Mastermind.

Read Maria Konnikova’s full biography
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Domenico Montanaro - March 15

Domenico Montanaro is NPR’s lead editor for politics and digital audience. Based in Washington, D.C., he directs political coverage across the network’s broadcast and digital platforms.

Read Domenico Montanaro’s full biography
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Josh Earnest - April 10

Josh Earnest was selected by President Obama to assume the most visible job in American politics as White House press secretary in 2014.

Read Josh Earnest’s full biography

It is the question that drives us.

The Mission

The Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Florida Southern College campus and Lakeland community several times a year to explore some of the most compelling issues and events of our times. Featuring highly regarded experts, the series aims to provoke thought, stimulate conversation, and inspire action on a wide range of topics.

The Goals

  • to provide a forum for members of the campus and greater Lakeland community to engage with a variety of world-class speakers on stimulating topics ranging from culture and politics to art and science
  • to encourage deep, interdisciplinary thinking and conversation about complex problems and challenges
  • to celebrate the contributions and achievements of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their  fields
  • to empower audiences with the knowledge and insight needed to make a positive and consequential impact locally, nationally, and globally