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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 this Fall Semester as they explore the American election process, from the 100th anniversary of the historical passage of the 19th Amendment to a local look at the impact of the national election. These timely, thought-provoking talks will be presented live via Zoom as part of the Dialogue Over Distance series. 

No cost to attend. Please note that all Dialogue Over Distance presentations are recorded. Closed-captioned recorded presentations can be found on the College of DuPage YouTube playlist.

Upcoming Dialogue Over Distance Webinars

Long Lines, Mail-In Ballots and Election Outcomes

Tuesday, Nov. 17
7 to 8:15 p.m.

An objective analysis with COD political science faculty of an unprecedented 2020 election process and outcomes. Register Here

Coattails or Chasms: Local Impact of National Elections

Tuesday, Dec. 15
7 to 8:15 p.m.

COD Political Science Associate Professor Melissa Mouritsen will be joined by Elmhurst University Professor Constance Mixon and College of DuPage Political Science Adjunct Faculty Member William Enright to offer their perspectives on local politics and the impact of the national election on DuPage County. Register Here

Speakers Bureau Community Presentations

College of DuPage experts present the following virtual events in cooperation with local community organizations. Each presentation is free and open to the public.

We Tell You What To Think: How Social Media Influencers Craft Political Narratives 

Tuesday, Oct. 27
7 to 8 p.m.

As more people turn to social media for political news and information, influencers for conservative and liberal ideologies are trying their best to control the narrative. Speech Communication adjunct faculty member Sabryna Cornish examines social media influencers from both sides and their narratives to better understand how the public perceives the current political landscape. Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien. Register here.

Hear Her Voice: The Issue of Violence Against Native Women and Girls

Tuesday, Nov. 10
7 p.m.

Currently, four out of five Native women are affected by violence in their lifetime. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. In collaboration with the COD Speakers Bureau and co-hosted by Prospect Heights Public Library, College of DuPage student Mercedez Reza and Associate Professor of History John Paris will discuss the issue of violence against Native women and girls, with particular focus on the effects the pandemic on this national issue. They will share experiences, resources and vital data provided by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  

Special COD Cares Events

Join colleagues, students and the community for two special Dialogue Over Distance presentations this November designed to inspire giving and raise awareness of the needs and services available in Community College District 502. Links to these events are found at

Why We Give: A Special Dialogue Over Distance

Friday, Nov. 13
12 p.m.

Learn why supporting community agencies is important through life-changing stories about clients receiving services from Up to S.N.O.W. Good's nonprofit partners.

How We Give: A Special Dialogue Over Distance

Friday, Nov. 20
12 p.m.

COVID-19 has transformed holiday wants into winter necessities for many families. Learn how Up to S.N.O.W. Good's invaluable nonprofit partners are meeting the changing needs of our communities.

Archived Presentations

*Dialogue Over Distance Series 
**Global Chats Series

  • *Politics in Cartoons: Humanities Professor Julia diLiberti and Library and Information Technology Assistant Professor Amanda Musacchio discussed cartoons depicting women in politics 100 years ago and in more recent eras.
  • *Constitution Day 2020: 100 Strong - Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment: Women's Right to Vote (a College of DuPage faculty initiative to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution)
  • *Music of 1969, special performance and discussion with Deb Zelman, applied music coordinator
  • *Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, Les Wolf, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies
  • **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
  • *Restorative Practices, Tauya Forst, associate professor of justice studies
  • **COVID-19, Disabilities and Deafness, Michael Duggan, counselor for students with disabilities, and Adam Wasilewski, assistant professor of sign language
  • *Economic Resiliency During a Pandemic, Maureen Heffern Ponicki, assistant professor of political science
  • *Backyard Astronomy, Joe DalSanto, assistant professor of earth science
  • *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
  • **Social Isolation and its Effect on Mental Health, IPV, and Addiction, Andrea Polites, assistant professor of human services, 
  • *Preparing for Illinois' Worst Weather, Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology
  • **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
  • *Student Roundtable: The Big Switch - from in-person to online classes, facilitated by Peter James, associate professor of business
  • **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
  • *Social Inequalities and COVID-19, Matthew Green, associate professor of sociology
  • *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,