Felicien is a refugee from Africa, where for years he and his family struggled to move freely throughout his country to find food and clean water. Felicien lived in a United Nations camp beginning in 1997 and recalls waking up each day feeling sad, as he faced poverty and sickness. In 2015 he and his family received the opportunity to resettle in the United States and his life changed. He was full of excitement, living a dream come true.
Through the support of the Gulf Coast JFCS Refugee Resettlement and Replacement Program, Felicien became self-sufficient and truly began to live the like that he had always dreamed of. "Life today is much better. I feel that I am home," Felicien shares. He has worked for more than a year as an Uber driver, gives back to the community as an interpreter for Project Prosper, a non-profit working to empower immigrants with financial tools and he has assisted other refugees in obtaining houses with Habitat for Humanity.
James Truslow Adams coined the term American Dream in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
Felecien is a shining example of living the American Dream. When asked what he would like to say to others about America, he shares, You have a great country, a great nation! Love your country, protect the peace of your neighbor, protect the peach of each other.
In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.
Mr. Morrison is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as Chinese democracy, the Obama presidency and photojournalism. His The Death of French Culture, a 2009 French best-seller, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2010. He is currently Europe Editor of the London-based magazine PORT, as well as a columnist and advisory board member at The Berkshire Eagle. His weekly podcast commentary is featured on NPR's Robin Hood Radio, Podcasts.com and other news outlets. He has written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic, Smithsonian and Quartz. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics. He is married to Ann Morrison, former Executive Editor of Fortune magazine and Editor of Asiaweek.
Linda M. Whiteford holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology, and a Master's degree in Public Health. She is a Professor of Anthropology and Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Social Marketing for Social Justice at USF. She helped establish the dual degree program between the USF department of anthropology and the College of Public Health; and graduate certificates in Health, Water, and Culture with USF anthropology and the Colleges of Engineering and Public Health; a graduate certificate in Medical Anthropology; helped establish the USF Centers for Community and Public Scholarship, Sustainability, and USF World. In addition, she has represented USF internationally in Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Exeter, Dubrovnik, and London.
Dr. Whiteford has consulted for WHO, PAHO, USAID, the World Bank, and the Canadian Agency for International Development on projects in Bolivia, Ecuador, Antigua, Barbados and Mexico. She chaired the department of Anthropology, and was President of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She also served USF as Vice Provost for Program Development and Review, Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Most recently, Dr. Whiteford was awarded the prestigious Sol Tax Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession by the Society for Applied Anthropology. The award will be presented in Philadelphia on April 6th, 2018. She was also selected to be Scholar of the Year at Santa Clara University, and also at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has received six Senior Researcher National Science Foundation research awards, and six School for Advanced Seminar awards, and as well as other research awards for investigations in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and countries in Central and South America.
Her books include: Community Participatory Involvement: A Sustainable Model for Global Public Health (2015); Anthropology and the Engaged University: New Vision for the Discipline Within Higher Education (2013); Global Health in Times of Violence (2010), Primary Health Care in Cuba: The Other Revolution (2008); Anthropological Ethics for Research and Practice (2008); and Globalization, Water and Health: Resources in Times of Scarcity (2005); Global Health Policy, Local Realities: The Fallacy of the Level Playing Field (2000); and New Approached to Human Reproduction (1985).
John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and the Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author. He has joined with his sons Benjamin and Jeremy in a new company called John Zogby Strategies, a strategic visioning firm specializing in preparing companies and agencies for the coming wave of dynamic changes. A much sought-after speaker, he is represented by the American Program Bureau of Boston. Zogby is also the inaugural Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at his alma mater, Le Moyne College.
All hail Zogby, the maverick predictor, decreed The Washington Post, when John Zogby called the 1996 presidential election with pinpoint accuracy. And he did it again in the following two elections. His presidential polling remains among the most accurate through five elections. He has served as an on-air election analyst for NBC News, BBC, CBC, ABC (Australia), and has been featured by the Foreign Press Center in Washington every election night since 1998.
The Zogby Poll, the second best known polling brand in the US today (Washington Post), John Zogby remains the hottest and most accurate pollster and analyst of America's political and cultural landscape. In addition to the global reach of his brand, Zogby Polls have been cited frequently in popular culture, including NBC's West Wing, CW's Gossip Girls, Netflix movie House of Cards, and numerous novels, game shows, and the 25th Anniversary edition of Trivial Pursuit. Zogby Polls are regularly cited on The Tonight Show and spoofed on The Late Show and NPR's All Things Considered. Fortune Magazine, The New Yorker and Investor's Business Daily have all profiled John Zogby. He has appeared on every major U.S. television network, the BBC and scores of U.S. broadcasts. His two appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart are among his favorites.
Called The Prince of Polling by political strategist Mary Matalin, John Zogby's interactive methodology is a leader in the industry. He is the author of the best-selling The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House, 2008) and is co-author of the forthcoming First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation (with Joan Snyder Kuhl).
His newest book, published in 2016, is entitled We Are Many, We Are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America, is an exploration of the American people from the vantage point of their attributes and values, not demographics or geography.