Child Of The Sun

Distinguished Speakers Series

All lectures are at 7:00 PM in the Branscomb Auditorium, and are free and open to the public.


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Understanding One Another: Story Telling and the Human Experience

The 2022 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series explores the meaningful ways in which we share who we are with others as an invitation to learn, imagine, see and experience a world outside of ourselves. The first speaker in the series is an award-winning photographer who examines life through the lens of a camera and invites us to take a look.

Past Speakers

Spring 2022 Schedule

John Pinderhughes

John Pinderhughes - February 9

A Photographic Journey

Award winning Photographer John Pinderhughes’ career spans over fifty years. With multi-faceted interests, he has pursued both a commercial career and one in fine art photography. His striking images have garnered the recognition of both commercial art directors and gallery and museum curators alike. His images explore variations in pattern, texture, light and line. He has been widely exhibited and is represented in major collections. His commercial work is highly sought after by advertising agencies, record companies, magazines and corporations. Pinderhughes’ talent and reputation for excellence have been recognized by The Art Director’s Club, The Clio Awards, and The CEBA Awards. Pinderhughes is the recipient of numerous grants and most recently The Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute where he worked in post Katrina Louisiana.

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