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Experts @ COD

Tap into the wellspring of knowledge available right here at College of DuPage. The community benefits from the passion and experience of COD’s enthusiastic faculty, administrators and staff. Expertise is offered through the College’s Speakers Bureau and News Bureau.

Join College of DuPage experts at noon on Thursdays as they head online to offer timely, thought-provoking content as part of the "Dialogue Over Distance" series. Presentations are offered initially as 15- to 30-minute Facebook Live events. Schedule may vary and is subject to change.

Upcoming Presentations:

  • Thursday, August 6:  Global Chats: Keep Calm and Educate On: How to Do Just That While COVID-19 Looms Large, Shannon Brown, professor of early childhood education, and Ada Wainwright, professor of psychology
  • Thursday, August 27: Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, Les Wolf, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies

Archived Presentations

*Dialogue Over Distance Archive 
**Global Chats Archive

  • *Thursday, July 30: Restorative Practices, Tauya Forst, associate professor of justice studies
  • **Thursday, July 23: Global Chats: COVID-19, Disabilities and Deafness, Michael Duggan, counselor for students with disabilities, and Adam Wasilewski, assistant professor of sign language
  • *Thursday, July 16, noon: Economic Resiliency During a Pandemic, Maureen Heffern Ponicki, assistant professor of political science
  • *Thursday, July 2: Backyard Astronomy, Joe DalSanto, assistant professor of earth science
  • *Thursday, June 25: Unlocking Your Treasure By Solving the Problem: 2(Invest) + Express = Progress, Angel Price, attractions engineering services manager for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • **June 18: Global Chats: Social Isolation and its Effect on Mental Health, IPV, and Addiction, Andrea Polites, assistant professor of human services, 
  • *June 11: Preparing for Illinois' Worst Weather, Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology
  • **June 4: Global Chats: Japan's Response to COVID-19 and the 2020 Olympics, Shingo Satsutani, professor of languages and vice president of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • *May 28: Student Roundtable: The Big Switch - from in-person to online classes, facilitated by Peter James, associate professor of business
  • **May 21: Global Chats: COVID-19 Healthcare Focus, Julia diLiberti, professor of humanities, Kathleen Finan, M.D. professor of biology, and  Dilyss Gallyot, RN, interim dean of nursing and health sciences
  • *May 14: Social Inequalities and COVID-19, Matthew Green, associate professor of sociology
  • *May 7: China's Expanding Sphere of Influence, Maria Ritzema, assistant professor of history


The Speakers Bureau is a complimentary service in which dynamic educators engage with local organizations through in-person and virtual lectures, performances and discussions, providing a glimpse into the College's wide array of knowledge.

Recent presentations include History of Chicago Mayors, U.S.-Russian Relations, Film and the Oscars, Hardening Soft Targets, Cultural Storytelling, Immigration Debate via Social Media, Female Supreme Court Justices, and Storm Chasing.

At this time, virtual Speakers Bureau presentations are available via Zoom. Complete the Speakers Bureau Request Form to schedule a virtual presentation. For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Ami Chambers at (630) 942-3823,

The News Bureau promotes the College’s news, programs, students, faculty, events and thought leadership and is available to provide experts for commentary and analysis on trending topics.

If you are a media professional looking for an expert for a media piece, please contact News Bureau Manager Jen Duda at (630) 942-3097,