Keynote speakers, 2019
Jasmine Roberts is an educator, writer, and strategic communication professional. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan and her master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2012, where she teaches upper level undergraduate courses in the areas of communication campaigns and strategic communication writing. In conjunction with her communication expertise, Roberts is also an open education leader and advocate. She strives to ensure universities and colleges nationwide implement accessible and affordable learning practices. She is the author of "Writing for Strategic Communication Industries," an openly-licensed textbook and writing guide. She is also a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), a multi-institution action team that seeks to develop strategies to advance higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. You can follow her on Twitter (@ProfJasmine) or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Anthony Brandt is a Professor of Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the new music ensemble Musiqa. His compositional output includes two chamber operas, and works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice, choir, theater, dance, television, and art installations. Dr. Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman have co-authored The Runaway Species: How Creativity Remakes the World: their book is being published in ten countries and is the Official Selection of the 2018-19 Common Reading Experience at Texas State University. Dr. Brandt has contributed a chapter to the upcoming Mobile Brain-Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity, and has also co-authored several papers on music cognition, and an upcoming chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. As Musiqa’s Artistic Director, he has overseen public concerts that have earned two national awards from Adventurous Programming and free educational concerts that have served close to 60,000 public school students and received eight grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Brandt has been awarded Rice University’s Phi Beta Kappa and George R. Brown teaching prizes.