UH Alum, Former Astronaut, Author Bernard Harris Speaking on Campus Feb. 7

University of Houston alumnus and former NASA astronaut Bernard A. Harris will kick off the Urban Experience Program's Mentorship Series at 6 p.m., Feb. 7 in the University Center's World Affairs Lounge (ground floor).

Harris recently authored the memoir “Dream Walker,” which is the focus of tonight's campus lecture. For more details on tonight's event, call 713-743-6032 or uep@mail.uh.edu.

Harris is the first African American to walk in space and served as chief medical officer and payload commander during his tenure.

"Dream Walker" chronicles his life, from his humble beginnings in Houston through his meteoric rise to success as a physician, NASA researcher, astronaut, philanthropist and entrepreneur. With two of his four degrees bestowed by UH, Harris also holds an M.D. from Texas Tech. In the book, Harris also offers a behind-the-scenes look into the world of NASA that he experienced during two shuttle missions. Leaving behind a successful medical practice in San Antonio and a distinguished career as a NASA researcher, Harris was chosen in 1990 from 6,000 applicants as one of 23 candidates invited to join NASA’s 13th class of astronauts. To become a mission specialist, Harris trained with the U.S. Air Force, underwent survival training in extreme environments and parachuted out of planes.

WHAT: Urban Experience Program Mentorship Series with Bernard Harris
WHEN: 6 p.m., Feb. 7 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
WHERE: UH's University Center, World Affairs Lounge (ground floor) - Entrance 1 off University Boulevard
WHO: Urban Experience Program