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University of Wisconsin-Superior

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series will present John B. Herrington, the first member of a federally recognized tribe – Chickasaw – to travel to space. This free community event will take place Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room.

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 was far from what one might expect. Lacking motivation as a college freshman, his interest in rock climbing captured his imagination and academic focus. He was subsequently suspended with a 1.72 grade point average. 

Finding work as a member of a survey crew in the mountains of Colorado exposed him to the practical application of real-world mathematics. Herrington 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. It provided him with a unique perspective that he enjoys sharing with audiences worldwide. 

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The Great Room is located on the second floor of the Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Ave. in Superior. 

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About the University of Wisconsin-Superior

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution of more than 2,500 students in the Superior-Duluth, Minn., metropolitan area. 

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has more than 50 program offerings, select online and graduate programs, competitive Division III athletics programs, continuing education, research and scholarship programs that support the community and region.