Lifelong Scholar Society

Lifelong Scholar Society

Thursday Night Lectures

How do you spend your Thursday nights? Stuck on the couch, watching the same old television show or surfing the web to find something new and interesting? Put down that remote and step away from the keyboard. The Lifelong Scholar Society is where you need to be!

The Thursday Night Lecture Series gives you the satisfaction of stimulating the brain without the worry of attending a college course. Every other Thursday evening, you will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished Florida Institute of Technology professors and local experts of their respective fields. Plus, you'll get to know fellow members and guests. 

Florida Tech Research Park and the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
1050 West NASA Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901

6PM | Select Thursdays

Guest admission: $20 | Members admission: $10

Click on the dates below to register and for complete event information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Lectures


Canaveral Port Authority
Jul 11, 2019



History of the port, how it is financed, what the long term plans are and the port’s impact on the environment.




Great Schools Make a Great Community
Jul 25, 2019



Brevard Public Schools (BPS) is the 50th largest district in the U.S. and the 10th largest district in Florida. As the largest employer in Brevard County, BPS employs approximately 9,300 staff members serving over 73,000 students annually.  With 83 schools, 10 special centers, and 12 charter schools, the district educates its students in 17 different municipalities across the Space Coast.  Brevard Public School's goal is to serve its community and enhance students' lives by delivering the highest quality education in a culture of dedication, collaboration and learning.  Dr. Mullins and members of his senior administration will provide insight in to Brevard Public Schools action plan for student success. 



Bloodsucking Friends: The Evolution of the Modern Vampire in Literature, Film and Television
Aug 8, 2019



With charm and fangs, the vampire is danger in a pleasing package. Today's vampires can be allies, romantic partners and even heroes, but they are also deadly predators. This presentation looks at both sides of the vampire: the powerful friend and object of desire, and the monstrous enemy lurking in the shadows.




Exploring the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest
Aug 22, 2019



Dr. Bush discusses his partnership with the National Geographic Society to investigate the impact of climate change and volcanic activity on the cultural history of human inhabitants of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.




FIT Robotics Mining Competition
Sep 12, 2019



Dr. Ronnal Reichard will showcase Florida Tech’s competition in NASA’s annual Robotic Mining Competition. In this competition, college students design and build a mining robot that can travel on simulated Martian terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collection bin within a 10 minute time period. In addition to crowning winners, NASA also uses this contest to develop ideas and solutions from the teams that could be applied to a real future excavation of asteroids or on Mars.




Redeeming Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy
Sep 26, 2019



Whether you love them or hate them, Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit movies (2012-2014) have become a permanent fixture in the world of pop culture. Moviegoers who were once willing enough to forgive Jackson for some of the drastic changes and cuts (alas, poor Tom Bombadil!) in his Lord of the Rings trilogy feel a lot different about his decision to transform a two hundred and fiftyish page children’s novel into a seven-and-a-half-hour trilogy. While these three movies may not have been as carefully planned as The Lord of the Rings films (2001-2003), a lot of the scenes are filmed very well, and Jackson provides some important background information that a casual viewer might otherwise miss. In this presentation, short clips will be shown from each of the three films as we follow our companions on their journey there and back again through Middle Earth.




Animal Cognition at the Zoo
Oct 10, 2019



Dr. Proctor discusses the collaboration between Florida Tech and Brevard Zoo while highlighting the fascinating research being done with their animals. This includes lemurs using touchscreens, spider monkeys’ planning abilities and the recent renovation making Brevard Zoo a leader in studying animal cognition.




Solar Wind Turbulence Near the Sun and the Parker Solar Probe
Oct 24, 2019



Launched from Kennedy Space Center in August, 2018, NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun. PSP will swoop closer to the Sun’s surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions. The spacecraft will come as close as 3.83 million miles (and 6.16 million kilometers) to the sun, well within the orbit of Mercury and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before. Dr. Perez will discuss his research on solar wind turbulence near the sun and the Parker Solar Probe mission work on the theoretical understanding of solar wind turbulence near the sun.






* You must be a member to attend events at the discounted membership rate; otherwise, you will be asked to pay for a membership or pay the remainder of the nonmember rate before you can attend events.
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