About the Ouachita Speaker Series

The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012 in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.  It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center. 

The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas.  Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation. 

Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard.  The public is invited to attend. 

The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year. 

Tickets are available online at www.hsvticketsales.com or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Ouachita Speaker Series is a proud member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council and the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce. 


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About Lawrence Enders

Lawrence Enders, M.D. MPH, FACPM, Colonel USAF, (RET), was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After high school, he attended Marquette University where he received a B.S. degree, followed by a medical degree. Licensed in medicine and surgery, he was drafted into military service, where he chose the U S Air Force because of his interest in flying. He was authorized to go to Flight Surgeons school, followed by a full four-year residency to become a specialist in Aerospace medicine. This residency included jet aircraft flight school, worldwide qualifying survival school training and two years of academics associated with air and space travel.

After serving two years at Otis AFB in MA, he was requested by NASA to be put on loan from the Air Force to be one of the doctors for the Mercury and Gemini astronauts. While the astronauts were in space, he manned one of the space tracking sites around the world.

In between space flights, he was allowed to take part in several Air Force special mission research flights, taking him around the world.

During the Viet Nam conflict, on his own off duty time, he helped build a new small hospital at a jungle base, additionally providing medical care to natives in a nearby small village. He flew seventy-five combat missions, earning him two Air Medals.

He went on to command two hospitals and, finally as a full colonel, assumed command of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine.

Through various serendipitous episodes, he met movie actors, three Russian spies, his own chief scientist, wanted by the Nuremberg war crimes counsel, and an alleged multiple murderer.

He retired from the Air Force after twenty-three years, became the Medical Director of Celanese Chemical Company. Seventeen years later he retired from that position and then taught anatomy and physiology in Jacksonville, Florida where he was retired - again.

Larry and his wife, Janet, now live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. They have always loved to travel, and have visited about thirty countries around the world in the last ten years, and Larry, now a photography buff, has stored about 5,000 photos on his computer. A current member of the HSV Camera Club, he has been awarded several “ribbons” in the past few years for his photography

In the recent past, Larry  published a book which received a national award, resulting in a guest spot on a national radio talk show to discuss that book, “Surviving Serendipity”.