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Guest Speakers at Collin College From 2012

Dr. Cal Jillson
Political Science Professor
The Election Process: What’s at Stake
Dr. Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University, led an exploration of the election process. A scholar and sought after speaker of American politics, Dr. Jillson shared his knowledge of how government and politics work, in particular the development of American institutions and ideas, and how they continue to shape national debates. Profiled as one of Texas’ top political experts by the The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News, Dr. Jillson earned a doctorate in government and politics in 1979 from the University of Maryland and has been teaching about American politics since 1976.

Cory Session
Policy Director
The Innocence Project: Exonerating Wrongfully Convicted Individuals Panel
In this day and age it doesn't seem likely that people would be imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. But it happens. The Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals. Collin College’s Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a panel featuring Innocence Project policy director Cory Session and two exonerees from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center. The panel discussion revealed the details of exonerees like panel member Billy James Smith, who, according to Collin College professor of psychology Joshua Arduengo, was convicted of aggravated assault in 1987 by false eye witness testimony.

Dr. Richard Leo Enos
Rhetoric Scholar
Classical Rhetoric: The Six Most Astounding Discoveries About Literacy In The Ancient World In The Last 100 Years
A leading scholar in the histories of literacy and rhetoric, Dr. Richard Leo Enos visited Collin College as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on April 9 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center (9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco).  Enos’ lecture, “Classical Rhetoric: The Six Most Astounding Discoveries About Literacy in the Ancient World in the Last 100 Years” focused on literacy, the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and how ancient rhetoric applies to society today.  With research concentrated in classical rhetoric and an emphasis on the relationship between oral and written discourse, Enos examined artifacts dealing with ancient writing at archaeological sites. He is currently an English professor at Texas Christian University, a State of Texas Piper Professor and holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Professor of music and director of the Musica Nova at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Rodriguez is a speaker in the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series. His pieces have been performed by more than 2,000 of some of the most distinguished groups around the world. This list includes the Vienna Schauspielhaus, The National Opera of Mexico, New York City Opera, Boston Repertory Theater, American Music Theater Festival (now Prince Music Theater), Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, The Aspen Music Festival, The Juilliard Focus Series, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Toronto Radio Orchestra, The Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Knoxville, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Boston and Chicago Symphonies, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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Dr. Caroline Tolbert
Professor of political science at the University of Iowa
Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina - Picking Presidential Candidates in 2012
Author of six books and dozens of articles in scholarly journals, Dr. Tolbert explores political behavior, elections and representation. A speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Tolbert was the general program chair of the 2008 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting. She is also the former co-director of The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll.

Zane Williams
Country music artist
45-minute music set
Williams performed as part of the Commercial Music Department’s Music Buzz concert series. A Texas-born singer-songwriter, Williams spent nine years in Nashville and has performed at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the nation. He wrote the top-20 hit single “Hurry Home” for Arista recording artist Jason Michael Carroll and was the grand prize winner of CMT/Nashville Songwriter’s Association Song Contest. He has opened for George Jones, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Max Stalling, 1100 Springs, Aaron Watson, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Gracin and Chris Cagle.

Dr. Bruce Perry
Psychiatrist and children’s mental health and neuroscience expert
Creativity in Neuroscience
Senior fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) in Houston and adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Perry served as the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital. The CTA is a leading center of research and education on child maltreatment.  Dr. Perry is the co-author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook—What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered. He has been featured on National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, U.S. News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Clint Van Winkle
Soft Spots: A Marine’s Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author and Veteran, Van Winkle was the 2011-2012 Book-in-Common speaker. He was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and, in 2003, was part of the first wave of troops that crossed over into Iraq. In his memoir, he relates how his combat experience has affected him physically, mentally and emotionally once he returned stateside.