Speakers Bureau Talks and Living History Presentations for Your CommunitySpeaker BiographiesUse the search box to find a speaker, browse the biographies listed below, or view a list of Speaker Bios A to Z.Return to the main Speakers Bureau Catalogue page.Filter CategoriesAll SpeakersLast Name A-GLast Name H-MLast Name N-TLast Name U-Z see full biographyBryan AlexanderBryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. see full biographyMichael ArnowittMichael is an internationally-known classical and jazz pianist with over thirty years of concert experience in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. see full biographyJane BeckJane, founder and former executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center, is the author of Daisy Turner's Kin, An African American Family Saga, based on sixty interviews with the daughter of slaves. see full biographyJudith BlackJudith has been featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the Smithsonian Institution, and is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel. see full biographyDavid BookDavid has written and published two books describing the lives of Civil War soldiers from Vermont. see full biographyAdam BoyceAdam is a fiddler, composer, and author who studied the traditional music and dance history of New England with the legendary “Yankee” fiddler Harold “Chuck” Luce. see full biographyJeanne BrinkJeanne serves as a Native American consultant to schools and organizations, and holds a master’s degree in Native American Studies. see full biographyTim BrookesA graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford, Tim is the director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College and founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. see full biographyDouglas BrooksA boat builder, writer, and researcher, Douglas specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. see full biographyCarrie BrownCarrie has been a museum curator and exhibit developer for more than 25 years, and is the author of books, magazine articles, and exhibition catalogues. see full biographyNancy Marie BrownNancy is the author of six general interest books and one young adult novel, and spends part of each summer in Iceland leading history and horseback tours. see full biographyRowly BruckenRowly is a professor of history at Norwich University specializing in international human rights law and Cold War foreign policy. see full biographyHoward CoffinA seventh-generation Vermonter, Howard Coffin is the author of four books on the Civil War with a focus on Vermont and the Champlain Corridor. see full biographyStephen CollinsStephen Collins received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations, in addition to performing. see full biographyJim CookeJim is an actor and historian whose performances have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, on television, and at numerous presidential libraries. see full biographyDamian CostelloDamian Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk. see full biographyPhilip CrossmanPhilip Crossman has spent most of his life teaching the humanities to high school and college students. His interest in Middle Eastern history was sparked by several years he spent working in Jerusalem. see full biographyYvonne DaleyYvonne Daley is the author of six nonfiction books, including "Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont." see full biographyMohamed DefaaMohamed Defaa is certified by the International Center for Educational and Cultural Consulting in Lyon, France. see full biographyRajnii EddinsRajnii Eddins performs poetry and engages diverse audiences for the purpose of confronting white supremacy while affirming common humanity. see full biographyWilliam EdelglassWilliam Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. see full biographyErik EsckilsenErik is an associate professor at Champlain College, where he teaches courses on digital storytelling, rhetoric, heroines/heroes in western culture, and international cinema. see full biographyMary Dingee FillmoreMary devoted thirteen years to research and write An Address in Amsterdam, an acclaimed historical novel about a young Jewish woman who joins the resistance. see full biographyDavid Fitz-EnzCol. Fitz-Enz is a historian and lecturer, and most recently the author of 2012’s Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison’s Commanders in the War of 1812. see full biographyJoseph GainzaIn addition to teaching grade school in Brooklyn and Vermont, Joseph has been a community organizer/outreach worker for an anti-poverty agency, served as advocacy director for the rights of people with disabilities, and a program director and instructor of adults at Woodbury College. see full biographyShanta Lee GanderShanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and was named as Diode Editions’ full-length book contest winner for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues. see full biographySanjukta GhoshSanjukta teaches media and women’s studies at Castleton State College and has written and lectured widely on media constructions of race, gender, and sexuality. see full biographyMark GreenbergMark is an educator, writer, musician, and media producer who has taught at Goddard College and the University of Vermont. see full biographyAmanda GustinAmanda has studied military, religious, and women’s history in the medieval period and nineteenth-century America, and is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society. see full biographyChristine HadselChristine is the Project Director for the Curtains Without Borders conservation project and was the first Executive Director of the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance. see full biographyAlan HaehnelAlan graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in English education and a minor in theater, then returned to Vermont to teach high school English. He has also been very active in theater as a writer, director and performer. see full biographyGeof HewittGeof is the author of four books of poems and three books for teachers, and is Vermont’s reigning poetry slam champion. see full biographyPhil HollandAfter returning to Vermont in 2014, Phil self-published a booklet on Robert Frost’s years in Bennington County, as well as a general-interest book on the Battle of Bennington and the Bennington Monument. see full biographyWilliam HosleyWilliam is a collector, photographer, and preservationist, and is the principal at Terra Firma Northeast, which specializes in cultural resource development and preservation services. see full biographyMichael LangeMichael is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington and has authored several academic works on cultural identity. see full biographyDeborah Lee LuskinDeborah holds a PhD in English literature, and has worked as a journalist, novelist, radio commentator, blogger, pen-for-hire, office manager, farmer, and beekeeper. see full biographyBill MaresBill Mares has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. He is author or co-author of 17 books on a range of topics. see full biographyJack MayerJack Mayer, a Vermont writer and pediatrician, is the author of numerous short stories, poems, essays, and two award-winning books. see full biographyRob MerminRob trained in Paris in 1969 with mentor Marcel Marceau, and founded Vermont’s award-winning youth circus company Circus Smirkus. see full biographyDavid MillsDavid holds a PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Core Division at Champlain College. see full biographyMeg MottAfter twenty years of teaching political theory and constitutional law to Marlboro College undergraduates, Meg Mott has taken her love of argument to the general public. see full biographyJill MudgettJill is a cultural historian with an interest in the connection between the people and the environment of northern New England. see full biographyAlison O'LearyAuthor Alison O'Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers in Texas, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts. see full biographyBurt PorterBurt holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MA from Wesleyan University, and is the author of five books of poetry and a play in verse. see full biographyLinda RadtkeA classically trained singer, Linda was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio. see full biographyRebecca RuppRebecca is the author of nearly 20 books for both children and adults, and blogs on food science and history for National Geographic. see full biographyJames SturmJames is a cartoonist and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. see full biographyMark TimneyMark is an award-winning mass communications practitioner and educator with more than twenty years of professional experience. see full biographyWilliam TortolanoWilliam is an author, composer, conductor, and organist, and was a professor of fine arts and music at Saint Michael’s College for 50 years. see full biographyMichael TougiasMichael has written 29 books, including The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, which was adapted into a Disney film in 2016. see full biographyLuis VivancoLuis is a professor of anthropology and Co-Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. see full biographyPaul WainwrightPaul holds a PhD in physics from Yale, and his book, A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, was published in 2010. see full biographyTim WeedTim is an award-winning novelist and lecturer who teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and Western Connecticut State University. see full biographyJane WilliamsonJane holds a masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont and was the director of the Rokeby Museum for over 20 years. see full biographyRick WinstonRick has taught film history at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. see full biographyKathryn WoodsKathryn has acted on stage, screen, television, and radio, and guides tours of the Freedom Trail in Boston.