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Guest Speakers at Collin College from 2007

David Faigman
David Faigman
Professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco
Adjudicating Faith: The Law's Obligation to Reconcile Religion and Science Through the Prism of the First Amendment
David Faigman teaches constitutional law, scientific methods for lawyers and a seminar on science in the law.
Dr. Yusef Kavakci
Yusuf Kavakci
Board certified attorney in Turkey
The Concept of Law: Islam and the West
Author Dr. Yusuf Kavakci has practiced law in Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Kavakci was ordained as a Waiz (a teacher of Islamic studies) and Mufti (a scholar that can make judgments on Islamic law) and served as an Imam (a religious leader), at several mosques in Istanbul.
Rachel Simmons
Rachel Simmons
Guest Lecture
Author of the New York Times bestseller Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, the first book to explore the phenomenon of bullying between girls. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Dateline NBC and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation. Her work has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. Simmons is the founding director of The Girls’ Leadership Institute and a consultant to schools across the country.
Dr. Trevor Pinch
Dr. Trevor Pinch
Professor of sociology and professor and chair of science and technology studies at Cornell University
Understanding the Golem of Science and Technology: The Social Roots of Knowledge
Dr. Trevor Pinch outlines the golem metaphor as a way to understand science and technology and draw upon insights from the recent social studies of science. He has authored and co-authored more than 18 books. He is the president elect of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and he is a performing musician.
Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman
Poet and author
Creative Intelligence or What a Poem Knows
Dr. Diane Ackerman explores the act of artistic creation, the psychology of artists, how artists solve problems to create art and what truths art teaches about the world. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Dr. Ackerman’s works of nonfiction include The Zookeeper’s Wife, An Alchemy of Mind, Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Deep Play and A Slender Thread. Her poetry has been published in the books Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire, I Praise My Destroyer, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems.
Loung Ung
Loung Ung
Author, speaker, activist
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Luong Ung’s Book-in-Common lecture focuses on her book which captures her middle-class life as a five-year-old living in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. In 1975, the communist guerrilla faction Khmer Rouge mounted a successful coup sending most city dwellers to the countryside to toil in government-sponsored agrarian camps. Between 1.2-1.7 million Cambodians perished during the Khmer Rouge's reign through 1979, including Ung's parents and sister.