MEET THE PRESENTERS
Minx Boren, MCC, is a Master Certified Coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. Boren is the author of 16 books and workbooks. She is a columnist for various publications, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Since 1994, she has been designing, developing, and presenting innovative programs that support health and balance, reflection, and achievement. Boren is a past president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and has served on the Board of the Women's Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is a 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Award, presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who stick their necks out for others. She is also an activist with Elders for Climate Action (ECA) and has facilitated webinars on The Empowered Elder as well as on Sustainable Living.
Wesley Borucki, Ph.D., a native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his 19th year as an Associate Professor of American History at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His specialties are the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Alabama, where he edited the annual journal “Southern Historian.” Professor Borucki has published two biographies for Nova Science Publisher’s “First Men, America’s Presidents” series: “Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer” was published in 2014, and “George H.W. Bush: In Defense of Principle” was published in 2011. He was part of C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey Group in 2021. Professor Borucki received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994), and his bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University (1992).
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.