Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM

Location: Yellowjacket Union Great Room

John B. Herrington, Ph.D. was the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Like many children in the 1960s, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

Although Herrington held tight to his goal of flying in space, his path to the astronaut corps was far from what one might expect. Lacking motivation as a freshman in college, his interest in rock climbing instead captured his imagination and he was subsequently suspended from college with a 1.72 GPA.  

Herrington found work as a member of a survey crew in the Colorado mountains. Exposed to the practical application of real-world mathematics, he found the passion for learning that had eluded him, returned to college and graduated with an engineering degree. He joined the Navy after being encouraged to enlist by a retired Navy veteran, which led to a 22-year career as a Naval Aviator, test pilot, and astronaut.

Herrington’s historic mission to the International Space Station was the culmination of years of experience and training with men and women with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds and provided him with a unique perspective that he enjoys sharing with audiences worldwide.


Yellowjacket Union Great Room Belknap and Catling Ave., Superior, WI 54880 2019-03-26T18:00:00 2019-03-26T19:30:00 EventScheduled 200

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Event information is current as of March 24, 2019 12:05 AM.