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Guest Speakers at Collin College from 2011

Dr David Shi
Dr. David Shi
The Great Recession and Simpler Living
Dr. David Shi is the author of The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture. Two of his books were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He co-authored the best-selling textbook, America: a Narrative History, now in its eighth edition. He is also the author of a number of essays for newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor, The Charlotte Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Emily Pilloton
Emily Pilloton
Co-founder and director of Project H Design
Design. Build. Transform.
Project H Design is a nonprofit organization that creates and builds a number of design initiatives around the country. The company designs and builds community projects to promote education in the United States, especially in rural areas. The organization created the Learning Landscape, an active educational playground that promotes more outdoor learning, therapeutic spaces in foster care centers in Austin, public school curriculum in New York and a homeless-run design enterprise in Los Angeles. In addition to her work with Project H Design, Emily Pilloton served as the managing editor for, founder and proprietor of Emily Pilloton Furniture Design and has taught at the Illinois Institute of Art and the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

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Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey
Voice Actor
Guest Lecture
Laura Bailey’s voice brings characters including Firestar (Marvel), Tinker Bell (Disney), Jaina Proudmoore (World of Warcraft), Naruto (anime series) and the hydro encephalic sea monkey Kilowatt (Space Chimps 2) to life. Bailey is well known in the anime and videogame worlds, but her repertoire also includes several movies and television shows including Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner and Demi Moore), Staircase Murders (Treat Williams and Kevin Pollak) and Monster High (Lagoona Blue).

Wayne Bergeron
Jazz Musician
19th annual Collin College Jazz Festival performance
Grammy-nominee, lead trumpet player for the Maynard Ferguson Band and principal lead trumpet player for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bergeron performed with Collin College’s Jaztet One, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and Texas Instruments Jazz Band. Bergeron has worked on more than 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks, including Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs and Surrogates.

Dr. Bradley Schiller
Professor of economics at the University of Nevada – Reno
The Great Recession
Dr. Schiller has more than four decades of teaching experience at American University, the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Cruz), the University of Maryland, and the University of Nevada (Reno) and has guest lectured at more than 300 colleges. A Washington consultant, he has worked with most major federal agencies, congressional committee and political candidates. His studies of income inequality, poverty, discrimination, training programs, tax reform, pensions, welfare, Social Security, and lifetime wage patterns have appeared in both professional journals and popular media. Dr. Schiller is also a frequent commentator on economic policy for television, radio, and newspapers.

Dr. Gregory Markus
Professor of political science at the University of Michigan and research professor at the Institute for Social Research
Creativity in Community Empowerment
A Distinguished Speaker Series lecturer, Dr. Markus recently led a research team on a four-year, 14-city study of public participation in the United States. Dr. Markus is the chair of the Harriet Tubman Center for Community Organizing and volunteers with the Detroit Action Commonwealth. He is the past recipient of the Socio-Psychological Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Amoco Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Herschel Walker
Former Dallas Cowboy and football legend
Mental Illness
Heisman Trophy-winner, NFL running back, tae kwon do champion, Olympic bobsledder, ballet dancer and mixed martial arts fighter, Walker spoke about his dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. In 2008, Walker publicly announced his disorder in his book Breaking Free.

Dr. Douglas Otto
Plano ISD Superintendent
The Future of Education and the Keys to Success
At the helm of Plano ISD since 1995, Dr. Otto advised Collin College education students with tales from his four-decades of dedication to education. Previously, he served as superintendent at four districts in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois. He was also a high school principal and business education teacher.

Dr. David Baker
Chair of the Physics Department at Austin College
Creativity and Extreme Astrophysics
As part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Baker spoke on extreme physics. His past research includes environmental physics, planetary physics, physics education and Earth system science education.  Coauthor of The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System and a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Baker successfully launched high-tech weather balloons in the Marshall Islands. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards and routinely leads adventure-oriented science courses to remote places in Patagonia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, Peru and the Galapagos Islands.

Frances Bagley
Renowned Sculptor
A respected and distinctive artist in Dallas-Fort Worth, Bagley is one of the leading female artists in the United States. The Dallas resident’s works have been exhibited all around the world. Bagley’s piece “Absence/Presence” won an award at the 10th Kajima Sculpture Exhibition in Tokyo. Her sculptures have been commissioned for the Texas Sculpture Garden at Hall Office Park in Frisco, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library in Dallas, the Dallas Opera House and White Rock Lake.