Child Of The Sun

We have cancelled all of the remaining Child of the Sun speaking engagements for this season.

We are closely monitoring updates about coronavirus in our state and county, and prioritizing the safety of our community, employees, and students.

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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Empowering Voices: Narratives from the Human Experience

The 2020 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series examines the human experience through the remarkable personal narratives of others. This year, a bestselling author, a retired justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist join us to amplify the voices and lives of individuals who challenge our understanding of one another and the world in which we live.

Past Speakers

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