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Community Lecture Series

2015 Flagler College Community Lecture Series

Dr. Brenda Kauffman

January 20, 2015

“The Outbound Voyage: Sailing Ships to Commercial Spaceflight”

From the age of massive state sponsored naval expeditions like China’s Zheng He or the Spanish Crown’s Columbian voyages to America’s capsules capable of carrying humans to the moon breakthroughs in technology and a spirit of exploration have spread humans to all points of the planet and beyond. Much can be learned from exploring the history of discovery including the desire for adventure and the remarkable courage it takes as well as the costs and consequences. The great human journey is exciting and captivating as well as tragic and challenging. This lecture will explore the political economic history of the seafarers and imagine the future of the starfarers.

Recommended Readings:

Space Chronicles Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization” by Charles Mann

“The Theory of Interstellar Trade” Paul Krugman

Christopher Columbus, Letter to the Sovereigns, 4 March 1493

“China has an Ancient Mariner to Tell You About” by Joseph Kahn

Tickets and Event Information

Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

Call (904) 826-8617 for reservations or more information.

About the Community Lecture Series

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series was established in 2007 to expose the St. Augustine community to select topics from local experts and Flagler faculty. Previous topics covered:

  • Examining Religion and Culture
  • Environment
  • Global Perspectives
  • Intriguing Careers
  • Music
  • The Hotel Ponce de Leon: From Architectural Marvel to Higher Education

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