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2017-2018 Season

Robert Ballard
Dr. Robert Ballard

Oceanographer who discovered the TITANIC

"Human History Under Water"

September 14, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

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Best known for his 1985 discovery of the TITANIC, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous, significant shipwrecks. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust. An explorer, discoverer and historian, Ballard’s fascinating journeys can teach us a great deal about our past, and they have encouraged others to take tremendous strides in the survey of the undiscovered mysteries of the deep sea.

Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist

Reading and commentary from the author of the novel, The Underground Railroad

October 4, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

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Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange and the surreal. His newest novel, The Underground Railroad, is a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, was the 2016 National Book Award winner and appeared at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré
Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina & Global Preparedness Authority

"Resilient Leadership"

February 8, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

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As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. Drawing on his in-the-trenches experience managing conflicts of both the natural and man-made variety, Gen. Honoré delivers a bracing dose of candor with real-world leadership lessons that will equip audiences with a mindset of global preparedness and instill confidence in tomorrow’s leaders.

Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps

Political Satire Troupe

"The Lighter Side of Politics"

April 12, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Wright Auditorium

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The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 26 albums. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials. No matter who's in the headlines, whether on the left or the right side of the aisle, the Capitol Steps are equal opportunity offenders.

Wright Auditorium


Jeffrey S. Johnson,
Ph.D., Director
Voyages of Discovery Series
2147 Bate Building
East Carolina University