MEET THE PRESENTERS
Ben Lowe, Ph.D. is currently a professor and the chair of FAU's history department of which he's been a member for 29 years. Lowe earned his doctoral degree in Early Modern European History from Georgetown University and specializes in Tudor-Stuart England and Renaissance/Reformation Europe (c.1350-1790). Loew has a particular interest in religious and intellectual history and political culture, and has published extensively in these fields.
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."
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.
Jeff Morgan’s fourth book, The (Un)Welcome Stranger is forthcoming from McFarland as is his essay on the history of oranges in poetry for The Journal of Florida Literature. His own poetry most recently appeared in the last issue of Grist. He has been teaching for over forty years, currently at Lynn U., and earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve.
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.
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.