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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Technology and Innovation: Redefining Possible

The 2019 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series examines how technology and innovation push the boundaries of human experience. While new technologies have always allowed us to reimagine and redefine what is possible, the unprecedented scope and speed of contemporary technological innovation presents extraordinary opportunities as well as unique challenges. A history-making NASA rocket scientist, a bestselling author on technology and culture, and a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur join us this year to explore these opportunities and challenges.

Spring 2019 Schedule

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rebecca skloot - February 25

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HON. FRED LEWIS - March 11

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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