Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series opens Sept. 5

The first African American female in space, a third generation paleontologist and the first woman to pilot a space shuttle are among the speakers in the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series at East Carolina University.


Dr. Mae C. Jemison will open the lecture series with “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential,” Sept. 5 in Wright Auditorium on campus. Jemison flew into space aboard the Space Shuttle “Endeavor” in 1992, becoming the first African American woman to make that journey.

At the Oct. 2 premier lecture, Dr. Louise Leakey will present “Secrets in the Sands: Revelations into How We Became Human.” A member of the celebrated Leakey family of explorers, Leakey is a paleontologist, conservationist, an anthropology research professor at Stony Brook University and explorer-in-residence at National Geographic.

Col. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command a space shuttle will present “Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery” Nov. 13.

The Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture on March 5, 2013 will feature Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Levine will discuss “Strange Bedfellows: The Bible, American Politics, and Homosexuality.”

Rounding out the series on March 21, 2013, Dr. Daniel K. Richter, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, will examine “Native Peoples and the Battle of Nooherooka.”

All lectures are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Complimentary tickets are available to ECU students, faculty and staff, and are $10 for the general public, with the exception of the March 2013 Jarvis Lecture, which is free to all attendees. For tickets, call the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

For additional information about the series, contact Dr. John Tucker, director of the lecture series, at 252-328-1028 or, or visit the series’ website at



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