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.

Supported by:
WUSF public media logo

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.

Spring 2020 Schedule

photo of rebecca skloot
REBECCA SKLOOT - February 25

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Science Writer and Author


photo of justice lewis
HON. FRED LEWIS - March 11

“Mental Health & Our Criminal Justice System”

Justice of the Florida Supreme Court (Ret.)


photo of sonia nazario

“Enrique’s Journey”

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Author


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