MEET THE PRESENTERS
Daphne Nikolopoulos, MFA is a journalist, editor, and author. She has written the international best-seller "The Tenth Saint," which was awarded the Gold Medal for popular fiction at the Florida Book Awards, as well as several other historical thrillers. Her historical novel, "The Judgement," won a national bronze medal from Independent Publishers and first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The editor in chief of "Palm Beach Illustrated" magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, Daphne earned a master's of fine arts degree from the University of California, Riverside.
Arianna Norberto attended BAK and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She has been at the studio since she was a child, and is now a beautiful and talented Artiste! Picasso's Creative Workshop is a fun place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and artistic abilities gather to connect, create, and unwind. They offer a huge assortment of bisque shapes, specialty colors, and glazes and the most helpful and dedicated studio assistants to make your Picasso's experience a truly memorable one!
Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.
Paul Offenkrantz, D.M., a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Yale School of Music and earned a Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College, where he was also ordained as a cantor. In his distinguished career, he has served communities in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and West Palm Beach. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College and received rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute. He began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and appeared in over 30 different operas at the MET over the course of five seasons. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, and many other important artists. He concertizes and lectures extensively throughout South Florida and is also an adjunct professor of Music History at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University.
Walid Phares, Ph.D., an expert on geopolitics, served as President Donald Trump's Foreign Policy advisor during the 2016 campaign and was senior National Security Advisor to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2011-2012. He is the Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group, a transatlantic caucus of members from the U.S. Congress and European Parliament. He advises lawmakers and leaders from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has appeared regularly on Fox News as the network's National Security and Foreign Policy analyst since 2007. He previously served as an MSNBC Terrorism analyst from 2003 to 2006 and frequently appears in international media for English, Arabic, and French interviews. In 1994, he founded the Florida Society for Middle East Studies (FSMES) and has served as an advisor to human rights NGOs since 1992. He is the author of fifteen books and will be publishing his next book in 2022.
Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D. (harmony vocals, keyboard, guitar, autoharp, ukulele) is a 30-year professor of education and author, and Bill Bowen (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica) is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. They formed the PinkSlip Duo 12 years ago and use their research and writing skills to create musical lectures about their musical heroes. The PinkSlip Duo was named “Best Folk Band” for Palm Beach and Broward counties by New Times.