TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 16, 2016) — Famed astronaut and scientist Dr. Mae Jemison will open Tuskegee University’s 2016 Lyceum Series. Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, is one of the nation’s premier speakers on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation. Jemison will speak Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. CST in Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena. The event is free and open to the public.
Jemison Jemison, who served six years as a NASA astronaut and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992, was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness. She will address attendees in “A Conversation with Dr. Mae Jemison.”
Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She is also founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.
“Tuskegee University can think of no better person to commence its 2016-2017 Lyceum Series than Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Dr. Jemison is the epitome of excellence in every conceivable way. And this excellence represents what we know our students will not only aspire to, but will become as they represent Tuskegee University’s tradition, trajectory and today,” said President Brian Johnson.
Jemison is the first speaker of the 2016-17 Lyceum Series which brings notable speakers, alongside cultural and entertainment activities, to enrich both the University and surrounding community. This year’s series lineup includes Roland Martin, Bryan Stevenson, Kevin Powell, Synthia St. James and the popular modern dance company Ailey II, among several others.
For more information about the series go to: www.tuskegee.edu/lyceum
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