Bakersfield College

Distinguished Speaker Series

BCSGA and the Office of Student Life would like to invite you to attend one or all of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series events.

The Bakersfield College Distinguished Speaker Series brings community leaders from around the world to Bakersfield whose achievements have had national and/or international significance. Each speaker was proposed to BCSGA by either a department or a faculty member. Collaboration between many entities on campus make these events successful each year!

The events are free and open to the public. All events this year are scheduled to be via Zoom on a virtual platform. Closed captioning will be available at each event.

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BC is proud to announce and welcome to campus this series of speakers. Most presentations will take place online live via Zoom and BCSGA Facebook.

James Fitzgerald

Criminal Profiler | Forensic Linguist | Author

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Live via Zoom and BCSGA Facebook

James R. “Fitz” Fitzgerald remains an active criminal profiler and forensic linguist with his company, James R. Fitzgerald Associates, LLC, even after retiring in 2007 with 20 years in the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent, along with 11 years before that as a police officer/detective/sergeant on the Bensalem Twp. (PA) PD. During his extensive and varied law enforcement career he successfully investigated numerous homicides, sexual assaults, kidnappings, bank robberies, and other violent crimes, as well as matters of international notoriety to include the Unabom, Jon Benet Ramsey, Anthrax, and DC Sniper cases as a profiler and/or a forensic linguist.

Jim’s role in helping to solve the Unabom serial bomber investigation was highlighted in Discovery Channel’s scripted mini-series Manhunt: Unabomber, which aired over eight weeks beginning August 1, 2017. In it, he was portrayed by actor Sam Worthington. Jim served as the Consulting Producer on the series. It is presently available on Netflix and on DVD.

Jim was one of several renowned experts on CBS television’s four-hour documentary series The Case of: Jon Benet Ramsey, which aired in September 2016. He was also a featured expert on Oxygen Network’s The Case of: Caylee Anthony. He appeared on Reelz Channel’s Notorious, which premiered in March 2019.

Jim was one of two technical advisors for CBS-TV’s Criminal Minds, was one of two technical advisors for Fox TV’s Sleepy Hollow, was co-host and executive producer of A&E’s Killer Profile, and continues to make frequent appearances on cable news networks as well as radio shows, internet programs, podcasts, and has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles over the last decade.

In 2021 Jim created, executive produced, and hosted an eight-episode limited-podcast titled The Fitz Files – Manhunt: Unabomber.

Book I in Jim’s four-part memoir series, A Journey to the Center of the Mind (JCM), relates to his youthful coming-of-age years in Philadelphia and beyond, and was published in 2014. JCM Book II, which covers his 11 years as a police officer/detective/sergeant, was published in February 2017. In JCM Book III, Jim writes of his first ten years in the FBI, from Quantico to New York City, back to Quantico as a new profiler, and ending with a detailed chapter about his role in the Unabom investigation. It was published in July 2017. The award nominated audio version of JCM Book III was released in Summer 2019.

Jim presently serves on the faculty at two U.S. universities. They are Hofstra University and the California University of Pennsylvania. He occasionally lectures at other schools and institutions both nationally and internationally.

James R. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Law Enforcement and Corrections. He also holds an M.S. from Villanova University in Human Organizational Science and an M.S. from Georgetown University in Linguistics.

Find more information about James Fitzgerald, Twitter - @JFitzJourney

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Faculty Coordinator: Pat Smith Professor of Criminal Justice.