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Luttio, Mark

Mark Luttio, Ph.D., has been a professor at Lynn University for nearly 20 years. Moving to South Florida, from Notre Dame, IN. where he served on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in the department of religious studies, he joined the faculty at Lynn as an adjunct professor in 2002. Since then he has become a professor of philosophy and religious studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, teaching a variety of courses both in the Dialogues of Belief and Reason and the humanities. Luttio is a U.S. citizen, but was born and raised in Asia, and thus finds himself at home in the international ethos of Lynn. He is often described as an Asian soul in a Caucasian body. He has traveled and lectured in numerous international venues, most recently at the University of Haifa, Israel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Tokyo, Japan.

MacDonald, Rod

Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 13 solo albums, including his 2020 CD "Boulevard", which made the top ten on national folk music charts. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo, and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include "The Birth of Rock & Roll," "The Great American Songbook," and "Mastery of the Art."

Marcus, Margery

Margery Marcus, Ed.D., retired from Broward County schools after a long and successful career teaching English. Well known for her storytelling ability, her topics run the gamut from book censorship to the British Royal family. She is a frequent presenter at OLLI programs on the campuses of FAU Boca Raton, Jupiter and, Brooklyn College. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning which began when she read the very first page of "Charlotte’s Web" as a child. Marcus earned a bachelor's degree in English from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in education from the University of N.C. at Charlotte and a doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.

Markwith, Scott H.

Scott H. Markwith, Ph.D., is a biogeographer who studies the processes, natural and anthropogenic, that shape the spatial patterns we see in wild populations, communities, and ecosystems. Markwith’s interests span gradients from terrestrial to aquatic systems, with research experience in freshwater and estuarine wetland ecosystems, such as the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Indian River Lagoon, and Lake Worth Lagoon, the Pantanal of Brazil, in rivers of the southeastern Piedmont, upland forest and wetland systems of the Appalachian and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, and alpine zones in the Himalaya of Nepal. Markwith is a professor in the department of geosciences at FAU.

Morton, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., is the Pierrepont Comfort Chair in Political Science and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. He is the recipient of the prestigious FPA Medal, which is bestowed upon leading members of the American foreign policy establishment. He has been honored with numerous university awards, including Researcher of the Year, Talon Service Award, Master Teacher and University Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Professor Morton has contributed to articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He directs the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which has received forty-seven national and international awards for academic excellence and placed 1st overall at Nationals in Washington, D.C. in 2018 & 2020.

Neile, Caren

Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., has taught storytelling studies and writing at FAU, FIU and other institutions for over two decades. Her numerous publications include a bi-weekly column for "The Florida Jewish Journal," the books "Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland" (Univ. of Wisconsin), "Florida Lore" and "Only in Florida" (both History Press) and her latest book, "Peninnah's World: A Jewish Life in Stories" (Hamilton Books). Dr. Neile has ghostwritten and edited memoirs and other work for numerous clients.