Shane Pennington – Transcendence (2011 Art Installation)

Shane Pennington’s Transcendence from tedxsmu on Vimeo. Shane Pennington’s Transcendence , engages the core of his artistic inquiries on a new level of spatiality and scale. Using the traditional Karesansui Japanese rock garden as an inspirational template, Pennington transforms the traditionally earth-bound elements of the garden into a dialogue between the environment and humanity. The [...]

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Peter Thum – Guns to Jewelry – TEDxSMU 2011

Peter Thum is the founder of Fonderie 47, a company transforming perspectives and saving lives in Africa by disarming conflict zones and remaking AK47s it destroys into jewelry, watches and accessories. To date, Fonderie 47 has destroyed over 3,000 guns in DR Congo. As the founder and president of Ethos™ Water, Peter turned his idea [...]

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Jose Bowen – Beethoven as Bill Gates – TEDxSMU 2011

José Bowen, Dean of the Meadows School at SMU, has taught at Stanford and Georgetown, written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting, and appeared as a musician in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the US with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin and others. He has written a symphony (nominated for the [...]

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TEDWomen starts in just a few hours!

We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to host a TEDxSMU simulcast of the TEDWomen conference. A huge thank you to The Hockaday School for hosting our group, and to Bobby & Candice Haas and Park Restaurant for providing us with door prizes for attendees. For those of you attending, the “stuff you should [...]

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Wrapping Up – TEDxSMU 2010

We got a chance to see more than 20 great speakers and performers on Saturday at TEDxSMU. Amid such a diverse group, there were still several key themes running through the day TEDxSMU. Importance of the Arts Our venue at TEDxSMU 2010 was a testament to how important the arts are. Yet many of our [...]

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Session #3: Link Roundup

Ray Zahab: Impossible2Possible website Stephen Mills: Ballet Austin website Footnotes for Lost/The Holocaust and Humanity Project Andres Diaz: Andres Diaz official website Cari Guittard Business for Diplomatic Action website Omar Jahwar: Vision Regeneration website David Stern: Temple Emanu-El website – John Keehler

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Interview: Mick Ebeling

We got the chance to ask a few questions to one of our speakers, Mick Ebeling. His talk is session #1 was today was about the project that started The Not Impossible Foundation, The Eyewriter, for his friend, the famous street artist and ALS patient, Tempt. You spoke about the powerful impression yesterday’s TEDxKids session [...]

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Session #2 Link Roundup

Roger Black: New York Times on Roger Black’s Texas ranch Jim LeDuc: Galveston National Laboratory website Bill Lively: Super Bowl XLV Host Committee North Texas website Anne Pasternak: Creative Time website Nathan Huntoon: SMU SkunkWorks Program Website – John Keehler

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Stephen Mills – Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project – TEDxSMU 2010

Under the artistic leadership of Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere dance organizations, recognized by the Washington Post in 2004 as “one of the nation’s best‑kept secrets.” Stephen attracted national media attention with his production of Hamlet in 2000 and led Ballet Austin to perform at The John F. [...]

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Baba Brinkman Gives a Rap Guide to Evolution – TEDxSMU 2010

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian actor and rap artist and former tree‑planter who has personally planted more than one million trees. Baba has received international acclaim for his rap comedy theatre shows, which cover topics as diverse as evolutionary psychology, the Canterbury Tales, democracy, and civil disobedience. Last year he won the Scotsman Fringe First [...]

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