College of Arts and Sciences' Speakers Bureau

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to provide to our community names and areas of interest of members of our faculty who are willing and eager to offer community talks.  (In many cases, honoraria paid to speakers are approprirate; the details of such arrangements are left to be negotiated between the speaker and the leadership of the community group seeking their services.)


Biological Sciences - phone (904) 620-2830 or click on the name below for an email address


  • John Parmelee,   phone: (904) 620-3867; Twitter and politics; Twitter and journalism; political advertising 

English and Literature - phone (904) 620-2273 or click on the name below for an email address

  • Mark Ari, Creative Writing.  Flash Fiction, Flash Creative Nonfiction, and/or The Lyrical Essay.  I've been invited by writing programs in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine to present on these subjects, and I'd be glad to do any one of them again.  I don't lecture though, so much as lead a single-session workshop to introduce folks to the creative possibilities of these forms.  Radical Jewish Culture.  I've been invited to speak on the subject at Congregation Ahavath Chesed  in Jacksonville, and I'd happy to talk about it to other folks, too.  
  • Mary Baron, British and Children’s Literature.  Educating juvenile inmates. 
  • Chris Gabbard, British Literature.  British literature and culture of the Restoration and eighteenth-century, Disability studies
  • Jennifer Lieberman, American Literature.  Dr. Lieberman has been invited to give talks at range of public and academic venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teaching Institute. Her areas of expertise are interdisciplinary and varied, including American literature and culture, gender and women's studies, science and technology studies, prison education, and critical pedagogy. She would enjoy speaking on a range of issues of historical or contemporary concern, including but not limited to: the place of reading in an age of electronics and information, prison education and the conventional college classroom, technology and the death penalty,  metaphor in science, the history of "social networks" or the history of electricity, prominent historical figures, including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Ralph Ellison
  • Jason Mauro, American Literature and Film.  Death Anxiety, Poetry and its uses for everybody, What to say after you have seen a film.
  • Michael Wiley, British Literature.  Michael Wiley is a Shamus Award-winning, bestselling mystery writer and also a critic who has published widely on the relationship between literature and place.  He is available to talk about:  crime fiction (his own or generally), the state of publishing, literature and locale (including Northeast Florida and Britain)

Ethics - phone (904) 620-1330 or click on the name below for an email address

    Alissa Swota, Medical Futility; Cultural Issues at the End of Life

Fine Arts and Music - phone (904) 620-2961 or click on the name below for an email address

  • Danny Gottlieb, "The Positive Impact of Music."  Danny Gottlieb, Grammy Award winner and veteran drummer for the Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans and Gary Sinise' Lt. Dan Band, will discuss the impact of music and musicians in society, including 10 years of fund raising for disabled American veterans.  Professor Gottlieb will also discuss the value of music education at UNF, the concerts performed on campus, and the success of UNF music students. 
  •  Randy Tinnin, "Do the Arts Matter in Society?"  Dr. Tinnin will describe his experiences with arts-centered programs offering arts education and mentoring to at-risk youth, and discuss the role of UNF as a civic force for good in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area. 

Religious Studies - phone (904) 620-1330 or click on the name below for an email address

  • Julie Ingersoll, Religion and American Culture, especially fundamentalism and religion and politics.  I speak to community groups about the religious dimensions of current issues from a perspective aimed at fostering understanding of diverse views beyond polarizing talking points, rather than advocacy of particular views or policies.   Previous public talks have focused on questions such as: "How did religion play into American’s founding?" "What’s at stake for Creationists in their battle with evolution?"  "Does Tax policy have religious dimensions?" "Where did the “Bible Belt” come from?" "What are the religious dimensions to the “tea party'?" "What is the relationship between religion and violence?"

Social Science, Sociology and Anthropoligy -- phone (904) 620-2950 or click on the name below for an email address

  • Keith Ashley, Native American Culture/History and Archaeology of Northeastern Florida.  
  • David Jaffee, Jaxport and the port economy; economic crisis; higher education; general/liberal education; political economy of development and inequality
  • Krista Paulsen, Cities, neighborhoods, public space, and urban life
  • Gordon Rakita, Cemeteries, forensics, human evolution, and archaeology
  • JeffriAnne Wilder, Diversity, race relations, gender, and issues surrounding minority group success in higher education (grad/doctoral programs)
  • Jeffry Will, Homelessness; hunger; social problems in Northeast Florida