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Guest Speakers at Collin College from 2008
Guest Speakers at Collin College from 2008
Billy Collins
Billy Collins
2001 U.S. Poet Laureate
Poetry Reading
Billy Collins' work has appeared in American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper's Paris Review and The New Yorker. His work has been chosen for the Best American Poetry series. He has been awarded many fellowships including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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Joan Fujimura
Joan Fujimura
Professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Epistemology in Action: Knowledge Production in Context
Dr. Fujimura discusses the practical production of knowledge such as how knowledge is constructed and re-constructed.
Dr. Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Executive director of the Skeptics Society
Why People Believe Weird Things
Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology and co-host and producer of Exploring the Unknown. Shermer discusses the reasoning behind the belief in UFO abductions, mind reading, reincarnation, urban legends and "scientific creationism." He has appeared on 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder and Oprah.

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Dagoberto Gilb
Dagoberto Gilb
Author
Reading
The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the PEN/Hemingway Award, Gilb is the author of such celebrated works such as Winners on the Pass Line, The Magic of Blood, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acu'a, Woodcuts of Women and Gritos.
Claudia Chiesi
Claudia Chiesi
Executive producer of film The Sugar Babies
Pre-film screening introduction and overview
The film delivers an in-depth look at the inhumane conditions for families working in the Dominican Republic sugar industry. Dr. Claudia Chiesi is a documentary film producer for human rights.
Michael Patrick MacDonald
Michael Patrick MacDonald
Author
Guest Lecture
Book-in-Common author Michael Patrick MacDonald discusses his book All Souls, a story about pride, family and survival in south Boston. A leading Boston advocate, he has helped with several antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He won the 2000 American Book Award for his best seller All Souls. He also wrote Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion.

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