DR. DUKE PESTA
Dr. Duke Pesta is Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy and a tenured professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Dr. Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his PhD in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. His book, The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values, was published by Routledge in 2016. He has published scholarly essays on Renaissance Literature, American Literature, Shakespeare, Spenser, Byron, Michelangelo, and the History of Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy. His teaching has garnered seven teaching awards at four universities.
Dr. Pesta is an engaging and animated speaker, whose experiences as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher, and the administrator of an online classical school uniquely qualify him to address the current state of education in our country. He speaks at home school conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including homeschooling, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public schools, and the myriad ways that colleges and universities indoctrinate students.
Dr. Pesta is one of America’s foremost authorities on the dangers of Common Core, having delivered more than 600 hundred talks in 46 states. He has also testified about Common Core and educational reform before 20 state legislatures and participated in more than 5000 radio and television interviews, from Canada to China, and from Mexico to the United Kingdom. Dr. Pesta was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas. His collective videos and presentations top more than three million views online, and much of his work is available at FreedomProject.com and FPEUSA.org.
MR. ALEX NEWMAN
Alex Newman is an award-winning journalist, international correspondent, educator, author, and consultant. In addition to serving as a writer and media personality for FreedomProject, Alex is foreign correspondent for The New American magazine, contributor to World Net Daily, and president of the media and information consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media.
Alex has co-authored two books, including a major exposé of America public schools titled Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America's Children (co-authored with the late Sam Blumenfeld).
Alex has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida with an emphasis in economics and international relations. He has lived in seven countries on four continents and speaks multiple languages. His work has been cited by governments and major media outlets the world over.
MR. MICHAEL MENZEL