Rollins Winter Park Institute Announces 2014-15 Schedule

Featured speakers include Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Rollins Winter Park Institute, a center for intellectual engagement that brings world-renowned speakers to Central Florida, recently announced its schedule for the 2014-15 school year. Headliners include author and journalist Eric Schlosser, two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, award-winning broadcast journalist and author Jane Pauley, former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, architect and artist Maya Lin, President and CEO of Siemens USA Eric Spiegel, and folk/rock singer Roger McGuinn.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage at 166 East Lyman Avenue. For more information, visit, call 407-691-1995, or email

The following is a summary of the Winter Park Institute’s 2014-15 schedule:


Eric Schlosser
Command and Control
Wednesday, September 10
7 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall, Keene Music Building

Author of Reefer Madness and Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser will discuss his latest work, Command and Control, about nuclear weapons and the dangers still inherent in our post-Cold War world.


Billy Collins
Adventures in Poetry: Featuring Billy Collins and Central Florida's best high school poets
Thursday, November 13
7 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall, Keene Music Building

Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and Rollins Winter Park Institute Senior Distinguished Fellow Billy Collins will read from his collected works. He will then share the stage for a brief reading by local high school student poets, winners of a contest judged by the master poet.


Andrew Young
A Continuing Legacy
Tuesday, January 20
7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young will share his personal Civil Rights legacy as well as his views about the movement’s current status. His lecture will be part of an event series Rollins Winter Park Institute is joining along with the Holocaust Center and other community supporters dedicated to commemorating the Civil Rights Act’s 50th anniversary.


Maya Lin
A History of Water
Thursday, January 29
7 p.m. public lecture; 8 p.m. public viewing of Lin exhibition
Orlando Museum of Art

Famed designer of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Memorials, Maya Lin will discuss her current focus on bringing issues of biodiversity and habitat loss to the forefront. This event is in coordination with the Orlando Museum of Art, and a viewing of her exhibition will follow the lecture.


Roger McGuinn
How Folk Music Got Me to the
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame
Thursday, March 26
7 p.m. public lecture

The McGuinn Legacy:  Questions and Answers
Friday, March 27
11:00 a.m.

*Both events will be held at Tiedtke Concert Hall in Keene Music Building and are open to the public.

Roger McGuinn, leader of the influential 60s group The Byrds, was a music innovator, combining the genres of folk and rock. His presentation offers a career retrospective reflecting the vibrant cultural and historical era when this hybrid music rose to acclaim.


Eric Spiegel
An Evening with Eric Spiegel
Thursday, March 19
7 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall

As President and CEO of Siemens USA, Eric Spiegel is a major leader in national and international business, providing solutions for some of the leading global concerns. He will share his views and perspective on current issues.


Jane Pauley
Your Life Calling
Thursday, April 9
7:30 p.m.
Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center

Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley has spent her career in the public arena, most recently as an advocate for fulfilled and conscious living for aging Baby Boomers entering life’s second chapter. In conversation with Billy Collins, she will discuss her latest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

About the Rollins Winter Park Institute
Launched in 2008, the Rollins Winter Park Institute is a center for intellectual engagement through public lectures, readings, symposiums, seminars, master classes, interviews, and special-interest sessions. Rollins Winter Park Institute features discussions between Rollins College, the surrounding community, and thought leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines including poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning historians—and all events are free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming speakers, visit or call 407-691-1995.