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Meet Your Keynote Speaker, Panelists and Workshop Leaders!


Mark Grabowski (Panelist Moderator)

Associate Professor of Journalism, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Mark Grabowski is a lawyer and an associate professor of journalism at Adelphi University in New York. He also writes a column on politics for the Washington Examiner. He’s published papers in Harvard’s and Stanford’s law journals, been covered by major media outlets, and given a TEDx talk in Shanghai.

Keldy Ortiz (Panelist)

Newsday Journalist

Keldy Ortiz is a reporter at Newsday on Long Island. Previously, he worked at The Record in New Jersey covering general assignment and mayhem. Before that, he was at the New York Daily News covering crime. He also worked at newspapers in Connecticut, Texas and Oregon, where he wrote about health care, local government and sports. Keldy graduated from Queens College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He’s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Kate Szymanski (Panelist)

Associate Professor of Psychology, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University

Kate Szymanski Ph.D. has nearly 30 years of clinical experience of working with trauma and conducting research on psychopathology and resiliency related to traumatization. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and maintains private practice. She published numerous articles and book chapters on the impact of trauma of adults and children, and co-edited the book “Expression of the Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma”. She presented her research at the number of national and international conferences, collaborating with colleagues from Europe and North America. She served as an adviser to Tuesday’s Children, a non-profit organization that works with children and families who lost a loved one to a terrorist attack. Her current research addresses traumatic impact of life-threating illness, loss of a loved one, intergenerational transmission of trauma, trauma related shame and culture, and factors that facilitate posttraumatic growth.

Liza Burby (Panelist & Workshop Leader)

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Liza N. Burby is a senior adjunct professor in the journalism program at Adelphi University and faculty advisor to the award-winning school paper, The Delphian. She is also a prize-winning journalist, editor and founding publisher of Long Island Parent magazine. She is currently working as a project-based manager on editorial content for magazines at companies and organizations like Bonnier Corp, Adelphi University and Stony Brook University. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, including Newsday and The New York Times, and over 50 national magazines and websites. She has been guest speaker on radio and TV talk shows and at local events. Further, she’s the author of nearly 40 nonfiction books for children and five books for adults, including her second edition on How to Publish Your Children’s Book and a middle grade biography about the first woman newspaper editor and publisher, Amelia Bloomer for Harper Collins (June 2022). Her site is

William Bevington (Workshop Leader)

Adjunct Infographics and Design Professor, Dept. Art and Art History, Adelphi University 

William Bevington is an Information Designer and Information Theorist involved in the creation of visualizations for the rapid assessment of complex data. He formerly served as the Executive Director of PIIM, The Parsons Institute for Information Mapping and the Chair of the Communication Design Department at Parsons School of Design. He is currently teaching a class on Data Visualization at Adelphi University.

Dr. Peggy Cassidy (Workshop Leader)

Professor and Communications Department Chair, Adelphi University

Peggy Cassidy, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Adelphi Communications Department. She is the author of BookEnds: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms (Hampton Press, 2003) and Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations (Routledge, 2018). Her teaching and research focus on media history, the history of American childhood, and the role of media in the lives of children.

Katie Farkas (Workshop Leader)

News Editor of The Delphian, Adelphi University

Katie Farkas (she/they) is a junior at Adelphi University. She is an Art and Design Education major with a double minor in Philosophy and Art History. Katie is a writer and the news section editor for The Delphian, Adelphi’s student newspaper. She is also the Public Relations officer and Secretary for Kappa Pi, an Art Honor Society.

Maxmillian Robinson (Workshop Leader)

Editor-In-Chief & Sports Editor of The Delphian, Adelphi University

Nicholas Rontanini (Workshop Leader)

Opinions Editor of The Delphian, Adelphi University


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