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.


  • Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
    Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Mark Lukasiewicz
    Mark Lukasiewicz
    School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA
  • Professor Ljiljana Markovic
    Professor Ljiljana Markovic
    University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor Ted O’Neill
    Gakushuin University, Japan
  • Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Gregory Pell
    Dr Gregory Pell
    Hofstra University, USA
Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Jean Dobie Giebel is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Personnel for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hofstra University. She is also a Professor of Drama, faculty Director, and former Chair of the Department of Drama and Dance. She holds a B.A. in Speech, Communications, and Theater from Baldwin-Wallace University, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has studied professionally with the Original Shakespeare Company, Riverside Shakespeare Company, and at Playwrights Horizons. Professor Giebel began her theatrical career as an actor and has appeared Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and in Regional theatre. She also appeared as a principle in numerous TV commercials and worked as a spokesperson for Mattel, Inc. and Computership, Inc. (SAG-AFTRA) Professor Giebel is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and has directed multiple Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. She has developed several new works for the Annual Samuel French Original Short Play Festival as well as the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG) having written several plays. Her play Chasing the River is in development for an Off-Broadway run in fall of 2019.

Mark Lukasiewicz
School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Mark Lukasiewicz is a veteran producer, journalist, and media executive who has spent his professional career telling important stories to worldwide audiences and helping media organizations deal with transformational change.

Most recently, he was senior vice president of specials at NBC News, planning and supervising coverage of major breaking news events such as the death of Osama bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and presidential elections and debates from 2004 to 2016. Also at NBC, he served as NBC News’ first vice president of digital media, and later as executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, a multiyear redesign and reimagining of technology, workspace, and workflow across NBCUniversal’s news platforms.

Before NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years at ABC News where he was executive producer of Good Morning America, senior producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In his decades-long career, he has produced numerous live and long-form programs, winning 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among other journalism and international film festival awards. He has also taught video storytelling at the Columbia Journalism School, and has been a featured speaker at professional conferences in the United States and abroad.

A native of Canada, Lukasiewicz began his career as a reporter and columnist with The Globe and Mail and later as a senior producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He earned a BA in economics (with honours) from the University of Toronto.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Alternative Facts: the Shifting Realities of Community, Media and Public Opinion
Professor Ljiljana Markovic
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Biography

Dr Ljiljana Markovic is Dean, Chairperson of the Doctoral Studies Program and Full Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has previously served as Vice Dean for Financial Affairs, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (2008-2016). She holds the positions of Chairperson of the Association of Japanologists of Serbia, Member of the University of Belgrade Council, Chairperson of the University of Belgrade SYLFF Committee, Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Bilingual Education Board, and Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture, Committee on Books Procurement for Public Libraries. In 2010 she received the Gaimu Daijin Sho Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and in 2011 she received the Dositej Obradovic Award for Pedagogical Achievement. She is the author of a large number of publications in the fields of Japanese studies and economics.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Professor Ted O’Neill
Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in the Faculty of International Social Sciences. He previously taught at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and J. F. Oberlin University. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and later served on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations from 2012 to 2016. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA in 1996 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014. He is a part of a research group studying implementation of content-based language education and content and language integrated learning in East and Southeast Asia with the generous support of The Research Institute for Oriental Cul­tures at Gakushuin University.​ Professor Ted O’Neill is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR, and sits on the Board of Directors.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Alfonso J. García Osuna has taught at Hofstra University in New York, United States of America, for over thirty years. He specialises in medieval and early modern literature, receiving his PhD (1989) from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has completed post-doctoral work at the University of Valladolid, Spain, has published six books, and is a frequent contributor to specialised journals. Alfonso received primary and secondary education in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, the place where his family originated and where he grew up. An avid cyclist, he has completed the Road to Santiago, an 867-kilometre route through northern Spain, six times.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Dr Gregory Pell
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Dr Gregory Pell is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra University where he teaches courses on language, cinema, literature and translation theory. His critical articles examine such poets as Dante, Paolo Ruffilli, Mario Luzi, Davide Rondoni, Tommaso Lisa, Mario Tobino and Eugenio Montale, the latter of which is the subject of his full-length monograph: Eugenio Monatale: Memorial Space, Poetic Time (Troubador 2005). On cinema he has published pieces on Mihaileanu, Kore-Eda, Sergio Rubini, Vicenzo Marra, Mohsen Melliti, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone. He is co-editor of the volume At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). His on-going research projects focus on Vitaliano Trevisan and the Northeast, the prose and poetry of Goffredo Parise, and the narrative works of Angelo Cannavacciuolo, whose latest novel (La meccanica dell’invisibilità), he has recently completed translating. His latest monograph, Davide Rondoni: Art in the Movement of Creation (FDU Press, 2016), explores the ‘non-ekphrastic’ relationship between art and poetry in the works of Davide Rondoni, John Ashbery, Charles Wright, Mario Luzi, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Patrizia Fazzi et al.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City