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. Lifelong Scholar Society is where you need to be!

Thursday Night Lecture Series is the satisfaction of stimulating the brain without any 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 respected fields. Plus, 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

LSS Thursday Night

The World’s Worst Engineering Disasters
January 24, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Barry Webster

It’s a well-known fact that things fail – sometimes they just wear out, sometimes they get broken by an outside entity (e.g. an automobile accident), and sometimes it’s due to bad engineering. However, sometimes things fail not because of any physical problem, but because the process used to design and build them was faulty. As it turns out, three of the world’s worst disasters came about as a result of a failure of process, not a failure of engineering. In this talk, we’ll take a look at those disasters and how and why the process failed, illustrating that when a system is being built, not only is it critical that sound engineering practices be followed, but it is also critical that a sound engineering process be followed as well.


LSS Thursday Night

News Engagement: The public's Accountability in the News Process 
February 14, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Heidi Hatfield-Edwards

It’s our responsibility to know what is happening around us.





LSS Thursday Night

Vietnam From A Surgeon’s Perspective
February 28, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Jane Ingui 






LSS Thursday Night

Uncovering the Mysteries of Aging: The Study of C. Elegans Worms
March 28, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Guisbert 





LSS Thursday Night

Benefits of Biofouling: Why Care About Creatures that Live on the Bottom of a Boat
April 11, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kelli Hunsucker 






LSS Thursday Night

Identifying and Avoiding Fake News and Misinformation

April 25, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Dzmitry Yuran

Usefull strategies and practical tips for navigating the increasingly confusing world of news, opinions and news imitations.



LSS Thursday Night

The Future Commercial Space Marketplace and the Cape’s Role In It
May 9, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dale Ketchum, V.P. Government & External Affairs Space Florida 






LSS Thursday Night

D-DAY Plus 75 Years: Revisiting the Invasion of France
May 23, 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Taylor

The 1944 invasion of France was a major turning point in World War II, and one of the largest and most complicated military operations of all time. This presentation will look at the strategic and tactical objectives of both the Allies and the defending Germans, as well as the technological challenges that had to be overcome to achieve victory.





* 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.
Contact us by email at or call (321) 674-8382.