Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Sam Holtzman
    Sam Holtzman
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Gary McLeod
    Gary McLeod
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Vincent Ni
    Vincent Ni
    BBC, UK
  • David Tillinghast
    David Tillinghast
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Armando Zuniga
    Armando Zuniga
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
Sam Holtzman
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Sam Holtzman has a PhD in educational leadership, policy, and evaluation from the University of Virginia and has lived and taught around the world. Originally from Palo Alto, he grew up moving around, and continued after graduate school, moving to Japan, back to the bay where he worked with students and faculty on visual literacy, critical thinking, and teaching for diversity, equity and inclusion, at the California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. In 2013, he joined ArtCenter College of Design to become the first dedicated director of faculty development at an AICAD college and currently works in or oversees the following areas; faculty development, assessment, student learning resources, digital teaching and learning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Gary McLeod
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Biography

Gary McLeod is an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan where he teaches photomedia. Receiving a Ph. from London College of Communication in 2016 for practice-led research into photographs made during the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876), much of his work continues to explore applications of rephotography, particularly in relation to temporal and visual literacy. Currently, he is completing a book for Routledge that surveys rephotography as an expanded practice and is undertaking a JSPS funded rephotographic study of tsunami-affected areas in response to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games.

www.garymcleod.co.uk

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Finding Time in Iwate
Vincent Ni
BBC, UK

Biography

Vincent Ni is the co-founder of Asia Matters podcast. He is also a Senior Journalist at the BBC in London. Over the past decade, he has reported from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He regularly appears on the BBC’s domestic and international TV, radio and online platforms, providing analysis mainly on China’s foreign policies to the broadcaster’s global audience. He has also worked on Newsnight and Newshour, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programmes on TV and radio respectively, and has been a speaker at international forums such as Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Asia Society and Columbia University in New York. Prior to the BBC, he was a correspondent for Caixin Media, tracking China’s global footprint in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Born and raised in Shanghai, Vincent is a graduate of the University of Oxford. In 2018 he was selected as one of the 16 Greenberg World Fellows, a highly-competitive mid-career leadership development programme at Yale University.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Reporting China in the age of Great Power Competition
David Tillinghast
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

David Tillinghast is Director of Special Projects and an Associate Professor within the Illustration department of the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, a global leader in art, design, film, transportation and social innovation education. His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the United States and within the marketing materials for corporations such as Visa, Freddie Mac, and Harvard University. He has worked extensively in most major markets within the Illustration industry, including Advertising, Editorial, Book Publishing, Design Collateral and Corporate Illustration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including those for illustration, graphic design, self-promotion and art direction. His association with Designmatters, Art Center's social impact department, has taken him to the United Nations as lead delegate for a project supporting the Millennium Development Goals, and their collaboration, Uncool: The Anti-Gun Violence project, produced a series of award-winning children's books that were adopted into local Public Libraries. In 2017, and again in 2108, he completed training under former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader, joining over a network of 27,000 volunteer leaders from over 150 countries, dedicated to reaching out to their communities, and informing others about the global climate crisis and its very real and viable solutions.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Armando Zuniga
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Armando T. Zúñiga began his position as Director of the Writing Center during the Summer Term of 2018. Along with the responsibilities of this directorship, Dr Zúñiga is also Faculty Director of English Language Learning and Assistant Professor of Humanities and Sciences. Prior to working at ArtCenter, he was Assistant Director for the Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Accordingly, he has taught graduate-level courses in effective practices and pedagogy for English Language Learners (ELLs). Additionally, he has consulted in the area of second-language acquisition and cultural diversity internationally. He earned his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). His dissertation research was a qualitative study of the influence that knowledge, motivation, and the organization have upon the goal attainment of instructional coaches for teachers of ELLs.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop