MEET THE PRESENTERS
Christine Kassover is an Intensive English Institute Instructor in FAU’s Center for Global Students and also teaches FAU GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT test prep workshop. She received her Bachelor's degree in humanities from FAU and her Master's in communication from the University of Miami. Committed to continuing her involvement in the FAU community, she served as president of the FAU National Alumni Association for two terms and was a founding member of the Parliament of Owls.
Matthew Klauza, Ph.D., is an English and literature professor at Palm Beach State College. He has presented on literary topics literally across the country (from New Orleans to Michigan, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and several places in between). Klauza is a two-time Mark Twain Research Fellowship winner with the Center for Mark Twain Studies in New York, and he has lived for several weeks as a scholar-in-residence in Mark Twain's summer home while working hands-on with Twain's manuscripts and typescripts. He earned his doctorate in American Literature from Auburn University in Alabama.
Roy Klein, J.D., Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In nearly forty-five years of legal practice, he has represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, as well as serving pro bono in constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As President of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution. He's coached a high-school mock-trial team for nearly 20 years. And he's judged numerous high-school, college, and law-school mock-trial and moot-court competitions.
Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also wrote extensively about Florida and Florida history and produced two weekly history columns. He has written more than a dozen books, all focusing on Florida. They include "Black Cloud," on the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and two "Weird Florida" books. He runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called "Something Went Horribly Wrong.” He is a frequent lecturer and is a member of the Florida, South Florida, Palm Beach County and Boca Raton historical societies. The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton.
Stephen Kowel, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as dean of the College of Engineering. He has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OPTICA).
Art Kress earned his MS Degree from California State University. He was the theater manager at Philadelphia's Playhouse in the Park and producer/director of multiple productions in Los Angeles. He organized a national playwriting competition with Ed Asner, Gene Nelson, and Norman Panama as judges. Acted in a pre-Broadway production of Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Sullivan, and Mr. Green (about the lives of G&S). He taught a class on Gilbert & Sullivan at UCLA.