Trevor Romain to Keynote ACM SIGGRAPH's Diversity and Inclusion Summit at SIGGRAPH 2020
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CHICAGO — As the SIGGRAPH 2020 North America conference goes to a virtual format starting on 17 August, 2020, the 3rd annual installment of ACM SIGGRAPH’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit welcomes best-selling children’s author and illustrator Trevor Romain as its virtual keynote speaker. In addition to going virtual this year, the Summit will also span across two days from 22-23 August in alignment between the two week conference in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC/GMT-7). After 28 August, access to the conference content will be available until 27 October, while the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity & Inclusion Summit will be permanent on SIGGRAPH.org and ACM SIGGRAPH Facebook page courtesy of the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Romain, who serves as the president of the Trevor Romain Company based in Austin, TX, established a career spanning over 30 years as a successful children’s book author, illustrator and featured in the award-winning Comical Sense animation series shown on PBS affiliate stations around the United States. Today, he has sold over a million copies of his books and published in 22 languages. Previously, Trevor served as the past president of the American Childhood Cancer Organization and known for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the United Nations, UNICEF and the USO.
“The ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity & Inclusion committee is truly honored to have Trevor Romain to keynote the 3rd annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit for SIGGRAPH 2020. In honor of this year’s ‘Think Beyond’ theme, we are excited to engage into Trevor’s fresh perspective from South Africa, and spotlight the importance to inclusive storytelling from his life, career and how it’s essential moving forward.” said ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion Chair Tony Baylis, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
For the keynote session, Romain will share his upbringing in South Africa, intentions from behind the scenes of creating Comical Sense and the importance of inclusive storytelling to give virtual attendees insight to a hopeful future today. Romain will also do a fireside conversation with Daniel Ramamoorthy, commonly known as Dan Ram, on Exploring Empathy & Creativity to Tell Inclusive Stories on 23 August at 9:45 a.m. PDT.
Romain shared, “I am honored to present at ACM SIGGRAPH’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit at SIGGRAPH 2020 to discuss the importance of inclusive storytelling. The Trevor Romain Company creates materials designed to help kids to become happier, healthier and more confident through a variety of resources. We are excited to share our work and the thinking behind our interactive communication strategies at the 3rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit.” – Trevor Romain, President at The Trevor Romain Company.
The 2020 ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity & Inclusion Summit keynote session will be streamed virtually on Saturday, 22 August at 12 p.m. CDT (1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT). Access to this keynote is available to the public and available through the ACM SIGGRAPH Facebook page. This event is open to all, but registration for SIGGRAPH 2020 is highly encouraged at s2020.SIGGRAPH.org/register. The Summit’s diverse programming also includes presentations from Buzzfeed Animation, Women in Animation, Google, Industrial Light & Magic as well as discussions on the topics of Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, Unconscious Bias, Homelessness, Deafness and Working from Home.
RSVP to Trevor's keynote streaming free on Saturday, August 22, 2020 starting at 10:00am PT here.
RSVP to Trevor's session with Dan Ram on Sunday, August 23, 2020 starting at 10:30am PT here.
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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH Conferences, held in North America and Asia, are the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experiences showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
8/23/2020 06:31:13 am
Trevor Romain delivered a very moving and passionate keynote talk for the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion Summit! I was completely taken in by the experiences that he shared.
8/23/2020 06:50:18 am
Our @siggraph organization enjoyed Trevor’s keynote. His presentation helped us reinforce our mission of helping others tell their own stories and that we continue to strive to represent inclusivity for all. We have an amazing diverse international community. 🙏@TrevorRomain
8/23/2020 05:50:26 pm
Trevor was very insightful on the talk of diversity & inclusion today. Letting his audience know of his life experiences regarding this topic. Loved that he mentioned the story of “The old man and the Bicycle”. Thank you for your guidance on how parents can teach children empathy and letting us know that more information can be found on your website.
8/27/2020 12:18:51 pm
Tervor provided an insightful keynote where he related how his own personal experiences in dealing with diversity in South Africa inspired his career in creating children's books. It was amazing how is his personal insight and emotions came across beautifully in his video presentation.
8/27/2020 06:45:57 pm
It was a pleasure to have Trevor share his experiences and showed us ways and stories of how we can continue to build a more inclusive community. Truly inspiring!
8/27/2020 11:20:55 pm
Trevor's gift of storytelling blew me away. I loved the empathy that could be felt through his stories. It was wonderful having him be a part of the ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Hope to see him return in the future.
8/30/2020 08:17:34 am
Trevor's Keynote in the Diversity and Inclusion committee during the past SIGGRAPH 2020 was a masterclass in storytelling. Touching, funny and certainly full of positivity, which is so much needed these days. Thank you Trevor!
9/8/2020 03:45:50 am
Trevor's keynote in the Siggraph Diversity and Inclusion summit was very touching and giving hope to our hearts, that life can be filled with such amazing, kind and respectful stories. The story of the old man and the bicycle gave me many thoughts on how we can keep these important values like, to keep a promise, to be grateful for what we have, and to be able to smile, whatever happened that day. Such an amazing talk, it was very inspiring. Looking forward to listen to Trevor again !
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