MEET THE PRESENTERS
Cyndi Stein-Rubin is an award-winning tenured professor at Brooklyn College, certified speech/language pathologist, author of two graduate-level textbooks, one personal development book, professional life coach, speech coach, public and keynote speaker. She also has been leading a successful book club at the Boca Raton Resort, for the past five years, and at various organizations in south Florida. Given her rich professional backdrop, which also includes a theater background, her lectures are dynamic and alive with ingenuity and sparkle.
Jeffrey Steinberg, M.A. is an Adjunct Professor at Frederick College (Frederick, MD) in Institute for Learning in Retirement. Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University Academy. I have been teaching for the past seven years in lifetime learning programs. I have taught full semester course and single lectures. BA Rutgers University in Political Science, MA Montclair State University in Social Science Research. Executive VP PTB Global Advisors (currently) a small business consulting firm with Japanese clients.
Edward S. Steinfeld, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science and the Dean's Chair in China Studies at Brown University. Since 2016, he has been serving as Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University's primary center for the study of public policy in a global context. Steinfeld's research focuses on understanding China's contemporary industrial transformation and its implications for national power and technological competitiveness. Through deep and long-term interactions with Chinese and global companies, Steinfeld examines the relationship between governmental industrial policy and enterprise-level technological capabilities, as well as efforts at knowledge generation by Chinese firms operating in worldwide production and R&D networks. His work documents the flow of technical knowledge and know-how both into China and out of China and examines the political, social, and geopolitical ramifications of these interactions. Steinfeld speaks and reads Mandarin fluently, having first lived in China in 1989 and then subsequently for multiple year-long stays through to the present. Steinfeld has served as a visiting faculty member at several leading Chinese universities, including Tsinghua University (2012-2013) and Beijing University (1999 and 200). Steinfeld was also a visiting scholar at the Institute for Industrial Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1994). Steinfeld has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, U.S. governmental agencies, and a number of Chinese and multinational enterprises. Steinfeld is the author of the books Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West (Oxford, 2010) and Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry (Cambridge, 1998). He is also the author of numerous articles in both academic and non-academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Political Studies, World Development, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. Steinfeld received his B.A., MA, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to his arrival at Brown, Steinfeld, from 1996 through 2013, served on the faculty of the Sloan School of Management and Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "
Kurt F. Stone, D.D., is now in his 24th year with Lifelong Learning. His passion for film is, he says, "genetic," having been born in Hollywood, CA, and raised both in and around the movie industry. Stone is a multi-disciplinary sort of man who has also written two well-received books on Congress, published nearly 900 essays, is an ordained rabbi, and earns his living as a medical ethicist.
Valerie Sutter, a former language teacher, gained her passion for French culture during her 30+ years of living overseas, and shares this passion through the French language workshops she organizes in France every summer. She owns an apartment in Paris and spends six months of the year in France when she’s not otherwise occupied in Miami. She loves sharing her Parisian life with others and welcomes you to join her on a walk-through of Paris.
Dr. Siri Terjesen is Associate Dean of Research & External Relations, and Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, and Professor .2 at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. She is one of 15 voting directors at the National Board for Education Sciences, overseeing the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Siri Terjesen is Professor and Associate Dean of Florida Atlantic University College of Business, Affiliate Professor at her alma mater, the Norwegian School of Economics, and fellow at Heritage Foundation. Her business research ranks in the world's top 2% of most cited scholars. She edits five academic journals and received outstanding teaching awards at undergraduate and graduate levels. She regularly advises national governments and private philanthropies on major research funding and was appointed by the U.S. President to the National Board for Education Sciences. Her recent op-eds were featured in Newsweek, National Review, and Epoch Times.