MEET THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Irving Berkowitz is the Emeritus Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, a position from which he retired after 8 years in 2020. This followed a 3-year stint as the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the only institution of higher education on the island nation of Bermuda, Bermuda College. In his 42-year career in higher education he has served as a Professor, Dean, and Academic Vice President of colleges and universities around the country. He is a widely respected scholar and public speaker on the Holocaust and Contemporary Antisemitism and a recognized internationally published scholar in the fields of social policy and organization theory. Early in his career he was chosen Distinguished University Professor for his teaching and scholarship. In 1993, twenty years after graduating from Ohio University, Dr. Berkowitz was chosen as one of five distinguished alumni. In 1997 he was inducted into the Honor Society for International Scholars.
Monica Berovides-Hidalgo, mezzo-soprano, is an adjunct professor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and Director of Worship at First Church of Coral Springs. Ms. Berovides-Hidalgo is an assistant conductor and artist in residence with Schola Cantorum of Florida. She is the Director of the SCOF Academy of Music at FAU for elementary and middle school students. She is currently the Music Director with Torch and Trumpet Theater Company and most recently premiered in Florida as Anna in the musical “When Calls the Heart.” She also played the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in “The Scarlet Thread,” June 2022. In December 2023, she will perform in the musical “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Ms. Berovides-Hidalgo has performed and recorded throughout South Florida and the United States, and she is an accomplished and sought-after soloist with experience in studio recording and cross-over styles, including opera, musical theater, recital repertoire, Contemporary Commercial Music, Contemporary and Traditional Christian music and Latin American popular songs. She is certified in Somatic Voicework and the LoVetri Method, and also certified with The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, and has completed the Lyric Diction Workshop at Vanderbilt University. In the Summer of 2022, Ms. Berovides-Hidalgo received Level I Orff Certification. She is an active coach, clinician, and private voice instructor.
Dr. Raphael Bloch is a retired physician, having practiced in Georgia, New York, and Connecticut for 45 years. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and did his residency training in medicine, surgery, and ophthalmology at Montefiore Medical Center, both in New York City. Following residency, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for two years during the Vietnam era. Dr. Bloch has been the Chief of Ophthalmology at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, and at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, New York. After retirement, his interest shifted to the history of medicine, and he published an 800-page work on biographies of unique physicians from ancient Egypt to the present time ("Healers and Achievers," 2012). He is an emeritus assistant professor at the Einstein Medical College and an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University Medical College in Florida. Bloch has lectured extensively on the history of medicine to laymen and physicians in South Florida.
Dr. Anita Blowers is a Visiting Instructor and Legal Studies Coordinator at FAU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also Assocociate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her current research focuses on elder abuse and neglect, older offenders and the criminal justice system, sentencing, and criminal justice policy.
The Boca Raton Historical Society
The Boca Raton Historical Society was founded in 1972 with the mission to collect, preserve and present artifacts relating to the history of Boca Raton. The Society operates the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum at 71 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. The museum brings history to the community through a wide variety of programs, exhibitions, publications, and other outreach services. BRHS curator Susan Gillis has been with the museum since 2002. She has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology. She is the author of eight books on local history, including Boomtown Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s Palm Beach County During World War II.
Bill Boggs has a long and distinguished career as a four-time Emmy Award-winning TV host/producer of 15 different programs. He's interviewed thousands of the most significant people of our time; presidents, cultural icons, music legends, business leaders, and movie stars. He is a celebrity speaker on Crystal Cruises, Viking and Silver Seas, a stage performer, and author. Bill's an officer of the Friar's Club in NYC, a member of the Philadelphia Hall of Fame, Board Member of the American Popular Song Society, and was a recipient of the National Father of the Year Award. He is a University of Pennsylvania graduate, and also holds an M.A. from Penn's Annenberg School for Communication. His recent satirical novel, "The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog," was pronounced "ready for the big screen" by the "N.Y. Daily News." He resides on the tranquil island of Manhattan, in Palm Beach, and in East Hampton with long-suffering girlfriend, Jane Rothchild.