Critical Thinking Lecture Series


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Florida SouthWestern State College’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series features community leaders and academic scholars who discuss critical thinking in their respective field of expertise or a critical topic from their area of career or academic interest.

Meet the Speakers

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Chief Derrick Diggs and Undersheriff Carmine Marceno - Critical Issues in Law Enforcement Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: U-102, Collier: M-201, Charlotte: O-117

Chief Derrick Diggs

Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs began his career with the Fort Myers Police Department in 2016. He is a 37-year veteran of the Toledo Police Department in Ohio. He served as a Toledo Police Department police patrolman, police lieutenant, police captain, and deputy chief of police before becoming chief of police in 2011. During his tenure as Toledo police chief, he brought intelligence-led and data-driven policing initiatives to the department, leading the department into the 21st century and reducing reported crimes by 27 percent and burglaries by 36 percent.

Chief Diggs also served as an assistant professor in the criminal justice departments of the University of Toledo and Defiance College from 1999-2010. He is a five-time recipient of the Toledo Police Department Award of Exceptional Performance. In 1986, he was awarded the Toledo Police Department Distinguished Service Award and the Toledo Police Department Professional Service Award in 1993.

Chief Diggs has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Toledo, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Undersheriff Carmine Marceno

Undersheriff Carmine Marceno began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a lieutenant in the Public Services Division after a distinguished law enforcement career in Suffolk County, N.Y. beginning in 1996. He joined the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 as a patrol deputy and worked with numerous units within the agency, transitioning to a larger public liaison role in community policing. In 2012, he was awarded the Collier County’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

After public services, Undersheriff Marceno became executive officer to Sheriff Mike Scott and assumed supervisory responsibilities for day-to-day operations as a member of the command staff. He also expanded his community engagement, officially representing the sheriff in his absence. In his new position, Undersheriff Marceno now plays an even larger role in day-to-day operations in all aspects of the agency.

In March 2017, Undersheriff Marceno graduated from the FBI National Academy and is on track to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Anna Withrow - Pursuing Your Passion: The Journey to Entrepreneurship

Monday, January 29 at 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: U-102, Collier: M-201, Charlotte: O-117, Hendry/Glades: A-114

Anna is a registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT,RYT 500) and the owner of Yoga Bird, the largest yoga studio in Fort Myers. She teaches an uplifting style of traditional hatha yoga, having trained at the Himalayan Institute.

In her classes, she will integrate elements of yoga philosophy and practical wisdom, guiding students in a practice that leads to remembering that we are more than our physical bodies and that we are perfect as we are. “If you are present and breathing, I can’t help but think you’re totally amazing, no matter what shape your body is making,” she says. “I am honored by each student who practices with me and recognize you as my greatest teachers.”

In addition to teaching, she is a perpetual student and spends as much time as her schedule allows learning from her teachers. She is the Director of Yoga Bird in Fort Myers, FL, which she owns along with her husband, Chip. At Yoga Bird, she oversees a schedule of over fifty classes per week, weekly workshops that explore the deeper aspects of yoga, and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

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Dr. Mary Myers - Put on Your Thinking Cap: Six Hats for Better Decision Making

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: U-102, Collier: A-103, Charlotte: E-105, Hendry/Glades: A-106

Dr. Myers has been with Florida SouthWestern College for 20 years. She began her career as a professor in the Computer Science department. She was dean of FSW Online and worked with the distance learning programs for 10 years. Last year she returned to a faculty position in the Department of Academic Success and teaches the Cornerstone Experience course, additionally Dr. Myers teaches Introduction to Technology for the School of Education.

Dr. Myers has her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida, and has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Myers was a programmer analyst in Philadelphia and in St. Louis. Last year she received FSW’s Master Teacher Award, and is active in developing and delivering faculty training. She and her family have been living in Southwest Florida for over 25 years and they enjoy being out on the water whenever they get the chance!

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Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina - Food is Medicine

Tuesday, February 13 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Edison: U-102, Collier: M-201, Charlotte: O-117

Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health. In this role, his mission is to motivate, educate and empower people to improve their health and wellness. Dr. Sal, as he likes to be called, is one of Lee Health’s champions responsible for developing a comprehensive health, wellness and preventive care program for more than 10,000 employees and family members.

From 1994-2010 he practiced Internal Medicine with the Lee Physician Group and served as its Medical Director until 2010 before taking on his role as System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health. His emphasis is on the prevention and reversal of cardio metabolic diseases, diabetes, weight management, cancer risk factor reduction and overall lifestyle medicine.

Dr. Sal earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he is currently completing a Fellowship certification in Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Sal writes a weekly column about health and wellness in The News-Press and a monthly column for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Trends publication. He also speaks publically throughout the community.

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Ron Feemster - Living in a World of Fake News

Monday, February 19 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: U-102, Collier: M-201, Charlotte: O-117, Hendry/Glades: A-106

Professor Feemster worked as a journalist for 32 years. One of Feemster’s proudest stories was “Native Math,” the story was about teaching math to first graders on a Native American Reservation in Wyoming and gave a voice to people who had none. The story was published in The Atlantic. Professor Feemster teaches Journalism at Florida SouthWestern State College and his advice for students is “write what you care about, because if you care about it, so will other people.”

AngieVitale

Angie Vitale - Think Like a Nurse

Thursday, February 22 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: AA-177, Charlotte: J-118, Collier: M-201

Professor Vitale brings seventeen years of experience in nursing to FSW. Vitale nursing experience includes staff nurse, floor preceptor, charge nurse. Additionally, Vitale specializing in Labor and Delivery and Obstetric operating room. Professor Vitale earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University.

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Dr. Roz Jester - Nature is Queer

Tuesday, February 27 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: J-103

Gay gray whales, lesbian albatross, and transgender deer - do they really exist? Can learning about the evolution of gender and sexuality in the wildly bizarre animal kingdom help us gain a better understanding of the human experience? I hope so. The simple, socially-constructed concept of gender in humans suggest that individuals can only exist as male or female, two rigidly fixed categories with no exceptions. For many this understanding of gender also dictates their understanding of what is “normal” regarding sex and sexuality and there is still a persistent dogma in many cultures that homosexuality and intersexuality (often mislabeled hermaphroditism) are not only unnatural, but also harmful and wrong. Advances in our scientific understanding of gender and sex support emerging theories that there is an array of possibilities that exist naturally - a gender spectrum - and this can be seen throughout the animal kingdom.

Join me for a provocative discussion where we will examine the evolution of homosexuality in animals and explore the fascinating world of gender roles, sexuality and mating behaviors in wildlife. It is time for a cultural revolution in the way we perceive gender and sex in our own species!

Dr. Rozalind J. Jester received her doctorate in Ocean Science in 2008 at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Dr. Jester is the Director, of eLearning at FSW and additionally teaches Oceanography The focus of her doctoral research was on the food-web ecology of toxic algae, specifically the organisms responsible for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) along the west coast of North America and elsewhere. During her studies, she had the opportunity to collaborate with and build valuable relationships with research scientists at UCSC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, WA, and the Cawthron Institute in New Zealand. Dr. Jester’s goal in teaching interdisciplinary science is to provide a hands-on experiences with the ocean, through coursework and student research. By sharing her love of marine biology and passion for ocean conservation, she hopes to instill a sense of inquiry and social responsibility in her students!

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Dr. Elijah Pritchett - Rotten, Vicious and Damned: Punk's Subjectivity of Resistance

Wednesday, March 14 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Edison: Rush Auditorium Building J, Room 103

Dr. Pritchett is a Professor of Humanities at Florida SouthWestern State College. Pritchett teaches classes focused on Greek mythology, the ancient word, the renaissance, and great human questions. Dr. Pritchett’s students are moved by his passion and knowledge and describe him as inspiring, motivating, and thought-provoking.

Dr. Baltodano, Dr. Chase, and Dr. DeLuca - Positioning Power: Structured Violence, Insurgency, and the Art of Transgression.

Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: Building U, Room 102

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Dr. Bruno Baltodano

Dr. Bruno Baltodano is a professor of Political Science at FSW where he teaches classes on International Relations, Terrorism and Political Violence, Comparative Politics, and American Government. Dr. Baltodano has a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Eastern Washington University. His academic research centers on political psychology, with a focus on indigenous insurgencies. He has conducted field research in Nicaragua and Iraq. Publications include co-authorship of Confronting Al-Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in Al-Anbar, published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefiled, a chapter in Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, a book edited by Otwin Marenin, a chapter in The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: War Coverage and Peace Journalism, a book edited by Wilhem Kempf, as well as journal articles appearing in Conflict and Communication and in Latin American Policy.

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Dr. Wendy Chase

Dr. Chase received her Master’s in French Literature and her Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Film Studies and Modernism from Florida State University. As a Graduate Student, Dr. Chase spent two years in France; one year working on a Certificate in French Language, Art, and Culture at the Sorbonne and another year in Rheims teaching English and conducting research as a Florida-France Linkage Scholar.

Dr. Chase has been teaching Humanities at Edison State since 2004. Her proudest moments have been receiving the NISOD award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Exemplary Service, and being asked to give the Commencement Address at graduation in 2009. Dr. Chase believes her greatest insights into what it means to be a human on this planet have been revealed to her by artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians.

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Dr. Eileen DeLuca

Dr. Eileen DeLuca is the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Florida SouthWestern State College. DeLuca attended Edison State College as a student, graduated with her bachelor degree in English education from the University of South Florida, earned a master degree in education from College of New Rochelle, and completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. Applied Anthropology program at the University of South Florida. She has more than twenty years of experience working in secondary and post-secondary education. Her research interests center on the relationship between discourse and power across cultures. She has recently engaged in oral history research with Revolutionary and Contra War survivors and ex-combatants in Nicaragua.

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Dr. Myra Mendible - Borders in the Age of Globalization

Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison: Rush Auditorium Building J, Room 103

Myra Mendible is Professor in the Languages and Literature Department at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers. She was co-founder of the English program at FGCU and has served as English Program Leader (1997-99); Chair of the Language and Literature department (2008-2011); and Interim Director of FGCU's Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies Center (2011-2012). An AAUW Postdoctoral Fellow and National Hispanic Scholar, Dr. Mendible has taught a range of courses in ethnicity and politics, cultural theory, and gender studies. She has published widely in a variety of national and international peer-reviewed journals and anthologies, and is the Editor of three interdisciplinary collections. Mendible is currently at work on a book project that examines memoirs by veterans of the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

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Dr. Wendy Chase - Research Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 11 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Edison: Rush Auditorium Building J, Room 103, Collier: M-201, Charlotte: O-117, Hendry/Glades: A-106

Dr. Chase received her Master’s in French Literature and her Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Film Studies and Modernism from Florida State University. As a Graduate Student, Dr. Chase spent two years in France; one year working on a Certificate in French Language, Art, and Culture at the Sorbonne and another year in Rheims teaching English and conducting research as a Florida-France Linkage Scholar.

Dr. Chase has been teaching Humanities at Edison State since 2004. Her proudest moments have been receiving the NISOD award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Exemplary Service, and being asked to give the Commencement Address at graduation in 2009. Dr. Chase believes her greatest insights into what it means to be a human on this planet have been revealed to her by artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians.