MEET THE PRESENTERS
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.
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.
Mehrdad Nojoumian, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree from the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and his MSc from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Nojoumian is currently an associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science and the director of the Privacy, Security, and Trust in Autonomy Lab at FAU. Nojoumian’s research interests lie in cybersecurity, privacy, AI-&-society, human-autonomy interactions, and cross-disciplinary research on the intersections of computer science and other disciplines. The Army Research Lab (ARL), National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Cyber Florida, among others, have funded Nojoumian’s research. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award 2020 from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU.
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.