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Berk, Stephen

Stephen Berk, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he holds the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair in Holocaust and Jewish Studies. He is the author of "Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882". Berk has written articles on Russian and Jewish history, anti-Semitism, and the Middle East. In 2010, he was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State of Israel by JERNY, the Jewish Educational Resources of New York. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Citizen Laureate Award from the University of Albany Foundation.

Boren, Minx

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.

Borucki, Wesley

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).

Buckton, Oliver

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.

Caceres, Jennifer

Jennifer Caceres, M.D., FACP is the senior associate dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. She was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology with the highest honors at Rutgers College, and her MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed her training in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, New York Medical College.

Cadwallader, Gary

Gary Cadwallader, MFA, is the director of education and community engagement at Palm Beach Dramaworks. As a professional actor, director, and educator, Cadwallader is committed to providing strong, vibrant arts and arts integration opportunities for educators and students to nurture creativity, inspire potential, build confidence, and encourage self-expression. Cadwallader was most recently seen onstage at PBD as Captain Brice in "Arcadia" and John Adams in "1776" (Carbonell nomination.) He maintains a career as an actor and director and has performed across the country at theatres such as Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, ZACH Theatre in Austin, Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, and on the national tour of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." On camera, roles include "A League of Their Own", "The New Untouchables", and "Forensics" (pilot). He has an MFA from Western Illinois University and is currently the president of the Florida Theatre Conference. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA).

Founded in 2000, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional theatre company with a mission to engage and entertain audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual. They are dedicated “to enhancing the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre.” Consistent artistic excellence throughout their history places Palm Beach Dramaworks at the forefront of the artistic landscape of Palm Beach County.