Featured Speakers

Mayor Philip Levine

Mayor Philip Levine

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Rush Auditorium, Building J Room 103

Philip Levine is an American philanthropist, entrepreneur, and politician who served as Mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, from 2013 to 2017. Philip Levine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved with his parents to South Florida at the age of 10. Levine is a graduate of Broward County’s public school system and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science. Following his graduation, Levine made Miami Beach home and has been involved in many philanthropic and community organizations. During his tenure as Miami Beach Mayor, Levine has advocated publicly for action and attention to the issues of climate change. In 2016, he appeared in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary “Before the Flood” and in an episode of the National Geographic Channel series “Years of Living Dangerously,” hosted by Jack Black, to discuss the reality and impact of sea-level rise in Miami Beach and across Florida. Levine is running for Governor of Florida in 2018.


Dr. Elijah Pritchett

Rotten, Vicious and Damned: Punk's Subjectivity of Resistance
Wednesday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m.
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. Bruno Baltodano, Dr. Wendy Chase, and Dr. Eileen DeLuca

Positioning Power: Structured Violence, Insurgency, and the Art of Transgression
Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Building U Room 102

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.

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.

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.


Dr. Myra Mendible

Borders in the Age of Globalization
Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.
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.