MEET THE PRESENTERS
Anne-Marie Bouché, Ph.D., is an associate professor of art history at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Her scholarly specialty is the art of medieval Europe, but she also has extensive experience teaching advanced courses across the curriculum both at the university level and for general audiences. She earned her master's degree in library science from UC Berkeley and worked for several years as director of Rare Books and Special Collections for Mills College in Oakland, CA, before earning her doctoral degree in medieval art history from Columbia University. She worked as an assistant professor of medieval art for nine years at Princeton University, taught at Columbia University, and worked as a staff lecturer for The Cloisters Museum in New York. Her publications focus on the generation of meaning through form, primarily in Medieval manuscript illumination and sculpture. She also co-edited and published an article in The Mind's Eye: Art and Theological Argument in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press, 2005).
Cora Bresciano, MFA, was the co-founder and, for fourteen years, the executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coached educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She has been a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the agency of myth and absence in Franco's Spain and Francoist historical fiction. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Hofstra University in New York.
James Bruce, Ph.D. is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation and formerly a Senior Political Scientist there, a retired senior executive officer at CIA, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Florida Atlantic Universities. At RAND, he leads research projects for the U.S. Intelligence Community and DoD clients. He retired from CIA in 2005 after nearly 24 years, where he held management positions in the Directorate of Analysis and the Directorate of Operations. He served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology and as Chief of Counterintelligence Training. He also served as a senior staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (Silberman-Robb WMD Commission). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and co-edited Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners’ Perspectives, 2nd ed. (Georgetown University Press, 2014). He is a US Navy veteran.
Oliver Buckton, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Buckton teaches courses on literature and film, nineteenth and twentieth-century British literature and culture, spy fiction and film, and literary theory. He is the author of "The World is Not Enough: A Biography of Ian Fleming" (2021); "The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond on Page and Screen" (2019), and; "Espionage in British Fiction and Film Since 1900: The Changing Enemy," (2015). Buckton is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Málaga, Spain, and he has won the University Scholar of the Year award twice at FAU.
Dr. Davele Bursor, upon completing her doctorate in Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology from Indiana University, has had a long career as a professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology. Prolific and scholarly, her many articles have been published in diversified professional journals both nationally and internationally. As a positive psychology practitioner, she has published her book, "Step into Your Own Power," as a guide for everyday self-empowerment. She is a member of several honorary educational societies in Education and Counseling.
BY Experience is the world’s leading global distributor of alternative content and events to cinema screens. Since its formation in 2003, BY Experience has distributed hundreds of unique events to cinema audiences globally, including as the Worldwide Distribution Representative of The Met: Live in HD (from 2005 to the present) and International Distributor of National Theatre Live (ex-UK and China, from 2009 to the present). The New York-based, independently owned and operated firm offers cultural, entertainment, educational and inspirational events to over 3,000 cinemas and performing arts centers in 75+ countries. Millions of tickets have been sold to date.BY Experience is an independently owned and operated firm, based in New York and led by the founders, Robert & Julie Borchard-Young.