Dennis E. Murphree – The Importance of Persistence – TEDxSMU Spring 2014

Mr. Murphree is principal of Murphree Venture Partners. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from SMU in 1969 and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. A former member of SMU’s Board of Trustees and Alumni Board, Mr. Murphree serves on the Dedman College Executive Board, and the [...]

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Christopher Carrillo – The (Non) Technical Development of Humanity – TEDxSMU Spring 2014

Christopher is a Junior at SMU from San Antonio, Texas. He is interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering.

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Stephen Rankin – The World Changers We Shape – TEDxSMU Spring 2014

The Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin has been involved in higher education for nearly 20 years, as a professor, and a campus minister at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and now, as Chaplain to the SMU Community. Prior to this work, he served as pastor in three United Methodist congregations. He and his wife, Joni, provided [...]

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Two Bit Circus – TEDxKids@SMU 2013

http://youtu.be/JClJYT8Vueg Eric Gradman, CTO & Mad Inventor, Two Bit Circus USC Computer Science, USC Master of Computer Science Eric Gradman is an inventor & entertainer who makes others see technology as magic. He has a colorful history as a circus performer, professional whistler & roboticist. For 15 years he has designed and built cutting-edge technology [...]

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Pat Walsh – TEDxKids@SMU 2013

Admiral Patrick Walsh, President of Strategic Programs, Academic Partnerships, retired on 1 March 2012, as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he led the US military response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. During his career, Admiral Walsh flew with the “Blue Angels,” was the operations officer and commander of Strike-Fighter Squadrons, commanded Carrier [...]

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Nicole Stewart – TEDxKids@SMU 2013

Nicole Stewart is sixth generation Dallasite. She attended The Hockaday School then graduated summa cum laude and with honors in theatre from Northwestern University in 2001. She pursued a professional acting career in New York City and then Los Angeles, where her passion for true, personal storytelling was ignited. After twelve years away, Nicole moved [...]

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Vanessa Ramirez – TEDxKids@SMU 2013

Vanessa Ramirez currently serves as the Director of the KIPP Alumni Association.  In this role, she provides an extra layer of support to guarantee her college-age alumni are equipped with and are using the skills necessary to get to and through college, with special focus on ensuring they celebrate their accomplishments, are committed to empowering [...]

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Blayke Drury – TEDxKids @SMU 2013

Blayke Drury is a senior at Keller High School, where she is active in choir, Mock Trial, and Academic Decathlon. Outside of school, she enjoys competing in choral competitions, reading, and spending time with her family. This is her first TED experience but she is thrilled to share the stage with such talented and innovative [...]

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Isabella Page – TEDxKids @SMU 2013

Isabella Page is a 5th grader with big dreams and wide interests.  When not at school, she enjoys reading (particularly fantasy and science fiction); playing Minecraft, playing on her recreational soccer and volleyball teams, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.  She is a fan of science and math and learned about [...]

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Adithya Ganesh & Vinjai Vale – Open Innovation: A Mind-Reading Bionic Glove – TEDxKids @SMU 2013

The Internet’s vast information and open-source projects have enabled innovators to stand on the shoulders of others.  Nine months ago, Vinjai and Adithya – two students with an interest in electronics – came up with an idea to help with a major problem: finger amputations. Join them on their journey of creating, publishing, and open-sourcing [...]

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UT Musical Theatre Ambassadors – Live Out Loud – TEDxSMU 2013

The University of  Texas at Austin Musical Theatre Ambassadors is a talented group of undergraduate students who are each pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance with an Emphasis in Musical Theatre, a program of study that rigorously trains students in voice, music, dance, and acting. Up to six students are recruited [...]

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Dave Lieber – The Power of Storytelling to Change the World – TEDxSMU 2013

Dave Lieber is the national-award-winning Watchdog newspaper columnist for The Dallas Morning News, a prize-winning author and storytelling expert. For his investigative newspaper column, Dave receives 50 pitches a week for story ideas – and takes the best two. He knows how to find and identify memorable stories that people care about.  

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Vanessa Ramirez – TEDxSMU 2013

Vanessa Ramirez currently serves as the Director of the KIPP Alumni Association.  In this role, she provides an extra layer of support to guarantee her college-age alumni are equipped with and are using the skills necessary to get to and through college, with special focus on ensuring they celebrate their accomplishments, are committed to empowering [...]

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Devonric Johnson – TEDxSMU 2013

Devonric (DD) Johnson was born in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 1980.  DD lived with his great Aunt, Mary Holloway until the age of 13.  While living with his Aunt he endured an unbelievable hardship of severe poor living conditions which ultimately lead to him living on the street.  Although his home life was in [...]

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LyAnna Smith – Fostering Hope – TEDxSMU 2013

LyAnna Johnson Smith is a graduate student at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and currently serves as the Intern Pastor at Servants of Christ United Methodist Parish in Houston, TX. She is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. LyAnna is a former political campaign staffer, legislative [...]

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Pat Walsh – Nations Have Interests… but People Have Friends – TEDxSMU 2013

Admiral Patrick Walsh, President of Strategic Programs, Academic Partnerships, retired on 1 March 2012, as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he led the US military response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. During his career, Admiral Walsh flew with the “Blue Angels,” was the operations officer and commander of Strike-Fighter Squadrons, commanded Carrier [...]

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Nicole Stewart – The Power of Healing Through Storytelling – TEDxSMU 2013

Nicole Stewart is a sixth generation Dallasite.  She attended the Hockaday School then graduated summa cum laude and with honors in theatre from Northwestern University in 2001.  She pursued a professional acting career in New York City and then Los Angeles, where her passion for true, personal storytelling was ignited.  After twelve years away, Nicole [...]

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Biff Palmer – Why Not? – TEDxSMU 2013

Biff Franklin Palmer, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.  He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.  He then went on to complete a research fellowship in the Department of Nephrology [...]

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Michael Sorrell – New Urban College Model – TEDxSMU 2013

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College.  Under his leadership, Paul Quinn is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education and is regularly mentioned nationally as one of the most innovative schools in America. Among the school’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure have been: winning the [...]

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Fred Chang – The Last Email – TEDxSMU 2013

Frederick R. Chang is the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. He is also a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. He has been Professor and [...]

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Joseph Takahashi – The Clock in Our Genes & in Every Cell of Your Body – TEDxSMU 2013

Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D. is the Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His research interests are the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, neuroscience, and the genetic basis of behavior. [...]

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Dan Goods – Seeing the Unseen – TEDxSMU 2013

Dan is passionate about creating moments in peoples lives where they can interact with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. During the day he is the “Visual Strategist” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he develops creative ways of communicating, and works to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. His work is seen in [...]

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Pamela Nelson – When Caregiving Comes Your Way – TEDxSMU 2103

Pamela Nelson is an artist living in Dallas, working in painting, mixed media, and public art installations.  Pamela has exhibited in over 100 national venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Beaumont Museum of Art, Texas, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington [...]

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Katie Spotz – TEDxSMU 2013

24-year old Katie Spotz, from Mentor, Ohio, describes herself as having been the “benchwarmer” throughout her life. However, there came a time when she made a discovery: you don’t have to be extraordinary to achieve incredible things. And she set about achieving them, one by one. The list of accomplishments to her name is long, [...]

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Afshan Khan – The Missing Peace – TEDxSMU 2013

Afshan Khan serves as President & CEO of Women for Women International (WfWI), where she sets the strategic vision, mobilizes resources to execute that vision, and leads innovations in WfWI’s work that enable women affected by war and conflict to transform their own lives, their families, and communities.  She is also the primary spokesperson for [...]

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Eric Bing – Simple Things Save Lives: A Mother’s Legacy – TEDxSMU 2013

Eric G. Bing is a medical doctor and global health researcher committed to saving lives among the world’s most vulnerable populations using low cost, innovative, and market-orientated solutions.   For more than two decades he has provided care, developed programs and conducted research in some of the poorest areas of Africa, the Caribbean and the United [...]

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Judith Allen – Because I Said So, That’s Why – TEDxSMU 2013

Dr. Judith Allen joined Communities In Schools Dallas Region in 2005 as a campus service provider and currently oversees programmatic operations of the organization and its 69 school sites. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is originally from the Chicagoland area, eventually finding herself NYC, working with child service based non-profits and the mental hygiene [...]

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Rena Pederson – Who is Aung San Suu Kyi? – TEDxSMU 2013

Ask Rena Pederson how to say hello in Burmese and she can tell you – Mingalabar!” A world traveler and award-winning writer, Pederson teaches persuasive writing at SMU. She previously worked as a speechwriter and Strategic Communications Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.  She also received national recognition as Vice President and Editorial Page [...]

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Ken Berry – Sports of the Mind – TEDxSMU 2013

Dr. Kenneth Berry is the Assistant Director of the University of Texas at Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC). Dr. Berry has been an educator for over 25 years. During his career he has taught middle school and high school science in downtown Los Angeles, been an Education Specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, [...]

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DaVerse Lounge – TEDxSMU 2013

Will Richey is an award winning Spoken Word Artist and creative arts educator who over the last decade has left an imprint across North Texas mixing and melding original poetry performances in workshops, speaking engagements and the production of interactive art events.  From school districts to the arts district, drug and alcohol prevention and recovery [...]

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Andres Ruzo – TEDxSMU 2013

Andrés grew up between Texas, Nicaragua, and Peru. Besides giving him a bit of a national identity crisis, it helped him see that most of the world’s problems are not confined by borders. In trying to find their solutions, he realized the way we produce and use energy lies at the root of many of [...]

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Two Bit Circus – TEDxSMU 2013

Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based “make tank” focused on products at the crossroads of amusement and education. The interdisciplinary team strives to make entertainment more enriching and education more fun.  Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, [...]

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Rachael Chong – The Key to True Generosity – TEDxSMU 2013

Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, an innovative platform that connects nonprofits with professionals looking to volunteer their skills. Since its founding in 2009, Catchafire has become the world’s largest online skills-based volunteer platform.  Rachael has been named one of Fast Company’s Most 100 Creative People in Business, received the NYC Venture [...]

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Katrina Leshan – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and [...]

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Dave Gallo – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution—a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. For more than 25 years, Dave has been at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating in and being witness to the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of [...]

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Brett Giroir – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Dr. Brett Giroir is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for the Texas A&M University System and Principal Investigator for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic [...]

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Luke Barrington – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Luke invents the hybrid between machine intelligence and human computation. The crowd-sourcing technologies Luke builds engage tens of thousands of people to work together to understand music, discover lost mysteries and maybe even save the world. Found the tomb of Genghis Khan with the help of 10,000 people online. Can hack code while carrying on [...]

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Greg Harper – TEDxKids@SMU 2012

Greg Harper is CEO of Harpervision Associates, a firm dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting edge technology for businesses purposes and co-founder of Gadgetoff. He is a long time strategic technology advisor to private equity firms and leading Wall Street investment banks as well as major public corporations. As the designer of systems [...]

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Jeremi Suri – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Jeremi is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. In September 2011 he published a new book on the past and future of nation building: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building [...]

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Kyle Stewart – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

An endlessly curious person who grew up in a small Iowa town, Kyle received degrees in music from Iowa State University, Northwestern University and Tanglewood. After stints teaching music, arts and humanities at Alverno College, technical writing, and managing International Sales and Marketing for BancTec, Kyle bought a coffee shop. He added tea to the [...]

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Christian Genco – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for Web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn [...]

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Will Power – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Power’s adaptation of the Greek tragedy Seven Against Thebes, retitled “The Seven,” enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop and the La Jolla Playhouse. His solo show FLOW was featured in the Hip Hop Theater Festival before touring nationally and internationally to critical [...]

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Lewis Warren, Jr. – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Lewis, 15, is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished composer, arranger, and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age. He started composing many of his own songs when he was five years old, and he has been a frequent top prizewinner in local, state and international [...]

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Byron Sanders – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Byron is the executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that benefits Dallas Independent School District. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has been a channel for the philanthropic, foundation and corporate communities to support initiatives and programs benefitting the students of the second largest public school district in Texas. [...]

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Louie Schwartzberg – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images and stories that celebrate life – revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty. His notable career spans feature films, television shows, commercials and documentaries. He won two Clio Awards for TV advertising, including best environmental broadcast spot, an EMMY® nomination for best [...]

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Charley Johnson – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission. In fact, Charley is so passionate about Pay it Forward that he left his company and career behind in 2011 to help advance its mission and bring back simplicity in a complex world. As the president of [...]

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Courtney Ferrell – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

An experienced and passionate innovation catalyst, Courtney is a sought-after international speaker and creativity consultant. For the past 15 years she and her teammates have worked hard to inspire corporations and the people who run them to embrace change and fuel passion to generate new ideas. Courtney designs and leads high energy, interactive, story based [...]

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Asha Christensen – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Asha’s name means hope and she is full of it. Her first TED experience was from the center front row of the first ever TEDxKids @SMU when she was nine. She heckled Rives and made a friend – he was the first spoken word poet she’d ever met. When her school announced a slam poetry [...]

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Masha Sardari – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Masha was born in the small Republic of Moldova, located in Eastern Europe. At the age of twelve, she moved to the United States where she continued her education. At the age of sixteen, she discovered her passion for art and photography. This mode of expression has been with her ever since and it has [...]

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Amit Banerjee – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

I am a 14 year old high school freshman who this April, earned the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. I have been in Scouting since first grade. The Scout slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily” really resonated with me and inspired me to follow it in my everyday life. For my [...]

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Terry Stewart – TEDxSMU 2012

Terry has been the president & CEO since 1999 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a nonprofit organization. Terry earned two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in education from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He then received his MBA in finance and J.D. in law from Cornell [...]

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David Gallo – TEDxSMU 2012

David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory.  For more than 25 years, Dr. Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating in and being witness to the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape [...]

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Tracy Walder – TEDxKids @SMU 2012

Tracy Walder earned her degree in history from USC and her Master’s in education from Chapman University. From 2000-2004, Tracy worked as Staff Operations Officer (SOO) at the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorism Center. During her time at the CIA, Tracy travelled to Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Morocco, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and England. After the CIA, [...]

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Jeremy Gregg – TEDxSMU 2012

Jeremy Gregg is the chief development officer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a pioneering nonprofit that delivers the nation’s best results in terms of recidivism, employment and small business creation among ex-offenders. Before joining the staff, Jeremy served as a volunteer member of PEP’s Dallas Advisory Board from 2007 until 2012. Prior to PEP, Jeremy [...]

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Lewis Warren – TEDxSMU 2012

Lewis, 15, is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished composer, arranger, and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age. He started composing many of his own songs when he was five years old, and he has been a frequent top prizewinner in local, state and international [...]

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Jeremi Suri – TEDxSMU 2012

Jeremi is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. In September 2011 he published a new book on the past and future of nation building: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building [...]

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Kyle Stewart – TEDxSMU 2012

An endlessly curious person who grew up in a small Iowa town, Kyle received degrees in music from Iowa State University, Northwestern University and Tanglewood. After stints teaching music, arts and humanities at Alverno College, technical writing, and managing International Sales and Marketing for BancTec, Kyle bought a coffee shop. He added tea to the [...]

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Brett Giroir – TEDxSMU 2012

Dr. Brett Giroir is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for the Texas A&M University System and Principal Investigator for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza, [...]

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Helen Fisher – TEDxSMU 2012

Helen Fisher, PhD, Biological Anthropologist Rutgers University, distinguishes four broad styles of thinking and behaving, based on the brain systems for dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen/oxytocin.  These data are derived from her Fisher Chemistry Test, taken by over 12 million people in 40 countries via the Internet dating sites Match.com and Chemistry.com, as well as from [...]

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Willie Baronet – TEDxSMU 2012

Willie is an artist, professor and life/business coach living in Dallas. For 15 years he owned and managed an advertising design firm, which he sold in 2006. In 2011, he graduated with an MFA in Arts & Technology from UTD, and currently teaches in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. Willie has been buying and [...]

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Byron Sanders – TEDxSMU 2012

Byron is the executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that benefits Dallas Independent School District. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has been a channel for the philanthropic,foundation and corporate communities to support initiatives and programs benefiting the students of the second largest public school district in Texas. Previously, Byron served [...]

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Klaudia Oliver – TEDxSMU 2012

Klaudia Oliver is a force of nature. Whether organizing world-class events; roaming the globe as a self-styled ambassador of Mexican culture; working as a publisher, producer or cultural alchemist; or serving as an artists’ muse, Klaudia is a whirlwind personality passionate about bridging cultures and building creative communities. Born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in [...]

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Christian Genco – TEDxSMU 2012

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for Web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn [...]

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Molly Bingham – TEDxSMU 2012

Molly Bingham is the founder and executive director of ORBmedia, a data-fueled journalism organization that delivers a single daily multimedia story to a diverse audience on topics that touch each of us individually but challenge us collectively. ORBmedia’s allegiance is to humanity as a whole, rather than any national, religious, cultural or ideological community. Based [...]

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Greg Harper – TEDxSMU 2012

Greg Harper is CEO of Harpervision Associates, a firm dedicated to the development and implementation of cutting edge technology for businesses purposes and co founder of Gadgetoff. He is a long time strategic technology advisor to private equity firms and leading Wall Street investment banks as well as major public corporations. As the designer of [...]

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Jessie Zarazaga – TEDxSMU 2012

Jessie Marshall Zarazaga is a landscape-urbanist and architect. Trained internationally, she now lives and practices in Dallas, working across the boundaries of urbanism, landscape, sustainability and public art engagement, she explores ways to connect culture and community to Place. She teaches part-time at SMU & UNT and undertakes research and writing work, as well as [...]

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Courtney Ferrell – TEDxSMU 2012

An experienced and passionate innovation catalyst, Courtney is a sought-after international speaker and creativity consultant. For the past 15 years she and her teammates have worked hard to inspire corporations and the people who run them to embrace change and fuel passion to generate new ideas. Courtney designs and leads high-energy, interactive, story based programs [...]

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Will Power – TEDxSMU 2012

Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Power’s adaptation of the Greek tragedy Seven Against Thebes, retitled “The Seven,” enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop and the La Jolla Playhouse. His solo show FLOW was featured in the Hip Hop Theater Festival before touring nationally and internationally to critical [...]

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Charley Johnson – Simplicity in a Complex World – TEDxSMU 2012

A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission. In fact, Charley is so passionate about Pay it Forward that he left his company and career behind in 2011 to help advance its mission and bring back simplicity in a complex world. As the president of [...]

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Katrina Leshan – Graphic Notation: Bringing Art to the Musician – TEDxSMU 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and [...]

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Lesli Rotenberg – re:Think Children’s Media – TEDxSMU 2012

As Senior Vice President of Children¹s Media at PBS, Lesli Rotenberg is responsible for the strategic direction of a contemporary, dynamic children’s media service that meets the needs of a new generation of children, their parents and teachers. Lesli leads a cross disciplinary team charged with content production, internet and mobile development, multi-platform asset distribution, [...]

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Louie Schwartzberg – Nature’s Beauty Inspires Gratitude – TEDxSMU 2012

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images and stories that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty. His notable career spans feature films, television shows, commercials and documentaries. He won two Clio Awards for TV advertising, including best environmental broadcast spot, an EMMY® nomination for best [...]

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Luke Barrington – Crowdsource the World – TEDxSMU 2012

Luke invents the hybrid between machine intelligence and human computation. The crowdsourcing technologies Luke builds engage tens of thousands of people to work together to understand music; discover lost mysteries and maybe even save the world. Found the tomb of Genghis Khan with the help of 10,000 people online. // Can hack code while carrying [...]

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Beckon Lovely and Save the World – TEDxSMU 2012

Amy is a person who likes to make things. Some things she likes to make: Children’s books. // Grown-up books. // Short videos. // Salads. // Connections with the universe. // Something out of nothing. // Wishes.According to The New York Times, Amy’s children’s books “radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant [...]

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Jaquai Wade – Now – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Jaquai is a Detroit native and local Dallas actress/singer. Upon receiving her BFA from the Meadows School of Arts, she pursued a career in proprietary education. After four years, she decided to reestablish her development as an artist. Since then, Jaquai has sung with Dallas local band Cuvee, performed as a narrator/vocalist for the International [...]

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Ryszard Stroynowski – Particle Physics – New World Waits for Discovery – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Born in Lodz, Dr. Stroynowski grew up in Warsaw, Poland. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Geneva while working as a research scientist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. Dr. Stroynowski was a Staff Scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at Caltech. He [...]

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JSpear – Unveil – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally trained as a classical concert pianist for 12 years, JSpear simply got bored playing other people’s music. By embracing his desire to create, he learned how to speak through what he likes to call “Real Myoosk.” JSpear strongly believes that music is another language we can use to express ourselves on completely different levels, [...]

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Isake Akanke Slaughter – My Soul Cries – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Isake brings greetings from Augusta, GA. She is a senior at SMU pursuing her B.F.A. in theatre performance with a focus on acting. After graduation she wants to attend American Repertory Theater or Yale School of Drama to further her professional theatre training. Isake is the recipient of the Meadows Artistic Scholarship. Her latest projects [...]

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Daniel Poku – CauseCakes – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Daniel is a junior at SMU where he has had the privilege of serving as one of the founders of the community service organization, Mustang Heroes. At SMU, Daniel feels humbled that his record of initiative and service has been honored by SMU’s prestigious Hunt Leadership Scholarship. Daniel’s proudest and continuing achievement is a service [...]

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Tammy Nguyen Lee – Starting My Movement – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Tammy is a film/television producer, actor and philanthropist. She graduated from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts with a BA in Cinema and received a MFA from UCLA’s elite Producers Program. Her feature documentary debut, OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM, screened at over a dozen festivals internationally and won two prestigious awards. She [...]

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Katrina Leshan (session two) – Performance – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and her partner [...]

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Katrina Leshan (session one) – Performance – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and her partner [...]

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Lane Johnson – Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer’s – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Lane is a Dallasite, mother, and grandmother, who after a career in the corporate world in human resources has entered SMU’s Counseling Program to pursue her passion; psychology and the aging. She obtained her undergraduate in Psychology from UTD. Besides being driven to learn, Lane loves the outdoors (especially the mountains), and enjoys spending time [...]

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Brandon Lazarus – It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Brandon is a third year Masters of Divinity student at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He currently lives in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer House, which is a new monastic community located in Old East Dallas. He and three other residents live under a rule of life in which they commit to give to their community [...]

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Kevin Lavelle: No = Go – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Kevin just launched his first company: Mizzen+Main. Mizzen+Main does things differently – things others say are impossible. The goal of Mizzen+Main is to bring jobs back to America with quality, style, and superior functionality. The company believes in inspiring others and measures success in ways other than just profit. Mizzen+Main has designed the premier moisture [...]

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Hank Hammett – Opera In and Out of the Box – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Hank is an artist teacher, award-winning director and acting coach who has trained singing actors in the organic fields of music, voice, theatre arts, acting technique, opera, musical theatre and strategic performance skills for over two decades. Hammett has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film, and continues to work at the world’s most [...]

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Rick Halperin – The Current Status of Human Rights – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Rick Halperin is the director of the SMU Embrey Human Rights Education Program. Rick holds degrees from George Washington University, SMU and Auburn University. He has also studied at The Sorbonne in Paris. Rick has held numerous positions of importance in organizations concerned with human rights and social justice. He is a past chair of [...]

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Christian Genco – You Should Learn to Program – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn [...]

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Carl Dorvil – The Four P’s of Success – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Carl grew up in Garland, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in their children the importance of education at an early age. With his parents’ influence, and having developed his own passion for education, in 2004 Dorvil founded a tutoring/mentoring company, Group Excellence. He first started the company out of his dorm room at [...]

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Erin Crosby – The Bridge to Nowhere – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Erin is the communications director for the Center on Communities and Education and also oversees student engagement, collaborating with SMU faculty and students to design civic engagement projects at schools and community organizations in The School Zone, West Dallas. She holds a Master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in [...]

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Kate Canales – Empathy and Innovation – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Kate is the director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering. She has a background in product design, design research and design strategy. Her area of focus is innovation through an understanding of human needs and behavior. Kate has worked as a designer and researcher at IDEO and as a creative [...]

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Christopher Bhatti – Benefit of Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Chris is director of External Affairs and Alumni Relations in the Office of the Dean at SMU’s Simmons School. Prior to SMU, Chris was a science instructor at The Hockaday School for six years. Chris also serves as an executive coach/consultant to Group Excellence, the largest tutoring company in Dallas which works with over 12,000 [...]

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Willie Baronet – Rethinking Home – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Willie is an artist, professor, and life/business coach living in Dallas, TX. For 15 years he owned and managed an advertising design firm, which he sold in 2006. He graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Arts & Technology from UTD. He currently teaches full time in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. Willie has [...]

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Adam A. Anderson – Spoken Word Performance – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Adam is pursuing a BFA in theater with a specialization in acting from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Though currently studying acting, as a child he never thought he would have a future in the arts. Born in Englewood, NJ, his childhood passion was architectural design. But, after moving to Florida and [...]

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Jonathan Wentz – Road to 2012 Paralympics – TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Postscript: Sadly, on September 30, 2012, Jonathan suddenly passed away at just 21 years old, and just two weeks after speaking at TEDxSMU. Our TEDxSMU community grieves the loss of such an incredible individual. Jonathan was first put on a horse at the age of two for physical therapy to combat the affects of cerebral [...]

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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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Behind the Scenes at TEDxSMU 2011

Our incredible friends at Wright IMC have been hard at work since September cooking up a behind the scenes video of the conference. Voila! Today we unveil the finished product. Take a look at what it’s like backstage and before the show starting with the TEDxSMU Auditions in October 2011 and ending at this year’s [...]

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TEDxKids @SMU 2011 – A Snapshot

TEDxSMU-Kids from Jim Young on Vimeo. Thanks to long-time TEDster and TEDxSMU Steering Committee member Jim Young for creating this awesome video of TEDxKids @SMU for us!

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TEDxKids @SMU: Imagine That

Ever wondered what happens when you take the TEDx concept and put it in front of 400 middle and high school students? Check out this fantastic video produced by Sneaky Giants about TEDxKids @SMU.

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Jaume Plensa – Art & Form – TEDxSMU 2011

Jaume Plensa, born in Barcelona in 1955, has been working internationally as an artist since 1980. A winner of both national and international awards, Plensa’s prolific work encapsulates themes of globalization and human presence. He has experimented with a number of different mediums such as steel, bronze, synthetic resins, light, alabaster, marble, sound, plastics and [...]

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Jasmin Brand – What Tina & Ike Have in Common with Social Media – TEDxSMU 2011

Jasmin is the Chief Marketing Officer for Brandpointe, a company she launched in 2007 that specializes in connecting individuals and medium sized firms with e-learning and social media solutions. With an extensive background in marketing, sales and consumer engagement, Jasmin is passionate about creating and growing online communities and serves as a social media consultant, [...]

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Bruce Wood and Nycole Ray – The Edge of My Life So Far -TEDxSMU 2011

Bruce makes dances. A nationally acclaimed artistic director, performer, teacher; he has created more than 75 contemporary works over the past 15 years. His choreography is known for its poignant insights into present-day life charged with emotional undercurrents, rich imagery, wide range of subject matter, and audience appeal. At age 16, Wood left his native [...]

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Maya Ajmera – Helping the Children – TEDxSMU 2011

Maya is one of the world’s most eloquent voices for children’s rights globally as a social entrepreneur and celebrated children’s book author. She is the founder of The Global Fund for Children, a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative community-based organizations serving the most vulnerable children and youth of the world. The Global Fun for [...]

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Jeff Fulgham – Clean Water for the Future – TEDxSMU 2011

About Jeff Fulgham: Jeff recently joined Banyan Water as the CSO (Chief Sales, Service, Strategy and Sustainability Officer). Banyan Water is a private equity-backed firm transforming the water management landscape. Banyan is building an enterprise water management platform—addressing water scarcity and infrastructure damage—for private customers at the end points of the water grid. Banyan is [...]

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Scott Douglas – Making Music – TEDxSMU 2011

Scott Douglas is an SMU professor, researcher, educator and entrepreneur who has had a lifelong passion and interest in sound and music. He developed one of the first successful procedures for the active cancellation of sound in a room over 15 years ago. More recently, he developed mathematical techniques for picking out and recording individual [...]

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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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Peter Brown – Art & Designing a City – TEDxSMU2011

Architect Peter Brown works on big ideas for large and small projects. He is principal of Peter Brown Architects, a design and strategy firm that collaborates with clients to transform the way people work, live, learn, create, and enjoy. At any given time you might find Peter in Florida, creating a middle school that moves [...]

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Kate Canales – The Power of Design – TEDxSMU 2011

Kate is a Creative Director at frog, a global design and innovation firm. Her work at frog focuses on design research and creative infrastructure. Kate leads initiatives for clients looking to refine creative strategy or increase innovation capabilities. Prior to frog, Kate spent many years as a content leader at IDEO, frog’s most worthy rival. [...]

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Brent Brown – Building Community – TEDxSMU 2011

Brent Brown, AIA, LEED AP, is a Dallas architect who works daily to balance social, economic and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas’ residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), a local nonprofit community design [...]

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Juan Enriquez – Homo Evolutis – TEDxSMU 2011

Juan Enriquez is an experienced business leader, author, and academic who is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is a Managing Director in Excel Venture Management, a venture capital firm that invests in companies that apply transformative life science technologies to solve problems [...]

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Homaro Cantu – Food You Can Play With – TEDxSMU 2011

Chef Homaro Cantu is an internationally recognized chef and leader in the field of postmodern cuisine and an inventor of futuristic food delivery systems. Chef Cantu graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. After developing his culinary skills at several establishments along the West Coast he traveled to Chicago to work at [...]

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Jaewon Ahn, TEDxSMU 2011

Piano accompaniment by Alberto Peña. Jaewon spent the first twelve years of her life in Korea where she won several competitions, among them the prestigious Strad competition. She was a member of the Cheon-An Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, she moved to Calgary and began studies with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory. A [...]

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Belinda Baldwin – The Power of You – TEDxSMU 2011

  Belinda Baldwin is a Dallas based audience development director for a diversified media group including television, web and mobile. She teaches a graduate level advertising course at SMU and writes on the topic of media, popular culture and social change for a variety of magazines and journals including the Harvard Book Review, The Advocate, [...]

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Elise Ballard – Epiphanies – TEDxSMU 2011

Elise is an actress, independent filmmaker, author and creator of EpiphanyChannel.com. She started her career in entertainment working as an actress before moving into production work. Her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Lord of the Wiens: A Dachumentary, a movie about the annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda, TX, became a cult hit and still sells [...]

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Karen Blessen – A Lesson for Peace – TEDxSMU 2011

Karen Blessen is the President and Founder of 29 Pieces, a non-profit organization which is about monumental art and monumental change. It is art with a purpose — to uplift, teach and heal. The 29 Pieces refer to 29 large sculptures, inspired by sacred passages from the world’s faith traditions. Currently these exist as drawings [...]

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Will Clarke – Disrupting the Cycle of Hazing – TEDxSMU 2011

Will is the author of Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles and The Worthy from Simon & Schuster. Both novels were selected as The New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and garnered Clarke the title “Hot Pop Prophet” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Will is also the Executive Creative Director at The Integer Group. He lives in [...]

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Mant Hawkins – A Green, Clean Future? – TEDxSMU 2011

Mant Hawkins is the CEO of Enoetics, LLC a high performance energy reduction company that designs and constructs buildings, campuses, and facilities that make more energy than they use. Recently his work has been focused on a disruptive business model that dramatically changes the energy services industry making “net zero” (no utility bill) facilities a [...]

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Lisa Loeb at TEDxSMU 2011

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites and has parlayed that early success into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Her acclaimed studio releases include the Gold-selling Tails and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated and [...]

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Sam Youdal – TEDxSMU 2011

Sam Youdal is a Director at KPMG in Houston, TX, and believes that global coordination is one way to help mitigate and navigate chaos created when natural disasters occur.

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Vladimir Jovanovic – Seeing What’s Behind You – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Vladimir Jovanovic is an immigrant to the US. He has lived in the DFW Metroplex area for the past 15 years, and goes to college at Southern Methodist University. He studies Computer Science and Psychology with plans to further his education in graduate school. His academic interests vary from astronomy to data mining and biology. [...]

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Maya Ajmera – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Maya is one of the world’s most eloquent voices for children’s rights globally as a social entrepreneur and celebrated children’s book author. She is the founder of The Global Fund for Children, a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative community-based organizations serving the most vulnerable children and youth of the world. The Global Fun for [...]

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Simon Cohen – Building Bridges – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Simon Cohen is a freshman, majoring in visual arts, at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. He has a broad range of interests ranging from architecture to competitive power knitting, but is particularly interested in the integration of engineering and aesthetics in design. Outside of school, he practices tae [...]

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Sharon & Sam Blumberg – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Sharon Blumberg is a mom, artist, volunteer, and entrepreneur. She loves hiking, biking, yoga, and the arts. Her passion is to use art to inspire kids to dream big. She is the founder of a new brand called CHOOZE, whose mission is not only to encourage kids to be extraordinary, but to engage kids in [...]

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Tierney Thys – For the Fish! – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Tierney Thys is ardent ocean scientist, conservationist, media producer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. After receiving her PhD studying fish biomechanics at Duke University, she became enthralled with the power of film to teach science and convey conservation messages. As Director of Research at Sea Studios Foundation in California, she made films for National Geographic [...]

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Tali Marx – Getting a Global View – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Tali Marx is 18 and a senior at Thomas Edison State College. She is a self-proclaimed adventure seeker, super-nerd, and idealistic dreamer. She has a diverse background in the arts and is passionate about historical reenactment, cultural studies, and European folk music. A lover of world travel, she has visited 14 countries. Since childhood, Talitha [...]

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Bo Hughes – Life After TEDxKids – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Bo Hughes, a current ninth grader at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX, attended TEDxKids @SMU last year with St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas. While here, he heard Will Watson, an ambassador for Falling Whistles, speak and share his inspiring story. Falling Whistles is an organization that works to eliminate and rehabilitate child [...]

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Elise Ballard – Epiphanies! – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Elise is an actress, independent filmmaker, author and creator of EpiphanyChannel.com. She started her career in entertainment working as an actress before moving into production work. Her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Lord of the Wiens: A Dachumentary, a movie about the annual Wiener Dog Races in Buda, TX, became a cult hit and still sells [...]

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Jeff Fulgham – Water for the Future – TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Jeff recently joined Banyan Water as the CSO (Chief Sales, Service, Strategy and Sustainability Officer). Banyan Water is a private equity-backed firm transforming the water management landscape. Banyan is building an enterprise water management platform—addressing water scarcity and infrastructure damage—for private customers at the end points of the water grid. Banyan is accelerating its go-to-market [...]

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Lisa Loeb, TEDxKids @SMU 2011

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites and has parlayed that early success into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Her acclaimed studio releases include the Gold-selling Tails and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated and [...]

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Dr. William Abraham – TEDxSMU 2011 Salon

Note: This talk was given in February 2011 as a follow up to Dr. Abraham’s 2009 TEDxSMU talk at a small TEDxSMU Salon. Dr. Abraham was born in Northern Ireland in 1947. He is currently the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Educated at Portora Royal School, [...]

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Majka Burhardt at TEDxSMU 2010

Majka Burhardt is a writer, climber, and American Mountain Guides Association Certified Rock Guide. A lifelong adventurer, she has traveled and guided throughout the world by bike, canoe, and, more often than not, by foot. Much of Majka’s recent work has been focused on Africa, where she first went to Ethiopia in search of a [...]

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Rives Talks With His Hands – TEDxSMU 2010

Flat pages can’t contain Rives’ storytelling, even when paper is his medium. The pop‑up books he creates for children unfold with surprise. On stage, his poems burst in many directions, too, exposing multiple layers and unexpected treats: childhood memories, grown‑up humor, notions of love, of what is lost forever, and of what’s still out there [...]

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Rabbi David Stern – Round Trip Spirituality – TEDxSMU 2010

Rabbi David Stern is Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu‑El in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Temple Emanu‑El, David served as an intern at Central Synagogue in New York City. Rabbi Stern attended Hebrew Union College‑Jewish Institute of Religion at its Jerusalem, New York, and Los Angeles campuses, receiving his rabbinical ordination in 1989, his M.A. [...]

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Omar Jahwar Tells Us a “True Story” at TEDxSMU 2010

Omar Jahwar tackles the politics and issues that affect inner city youth in the Dallas community. Emerging as an important leader and outspoken voice in the community, he is the founder of Vision Regeneration, Inc., a life‑shaping entity designed to assist the social sculpting of inner city youth. Based on the philosophy that crime and [...]

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SMU Innovation Gym @ TEDxSMU 2010

Austin Hodges is a junior at Southern Methodist University, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Austin’s current interests are artificial intelligence programming and biometrics. Austin works as a member of the SMU Biometrics Research Team, where his primary focus is on developing and testing iris recognition algorithms on various platforms. Austin is also an [...]

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Ray Zahab @ TEDxSMU 2010

On November 1, 2006 Ray and two other runners set out on an epic expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One hundred and eleven days and 7500 kms after leaving the coast of Senegal, they completed their journey by dipping their toes into the Red Sea. After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis [...]

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Bill Lively at TEDxSMU 2010

Through the winter of 2011, Bill Lively was President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. From 2000 through 2008 Bill Lively served as the founding President and CEO of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. During his tenure as President and CEO, the Center raised more than $334 million [...]

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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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Frans Lanting at TEDxSMU 2010

Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica. He portrays wild creatures as ambassadors for [...]

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Greg Harper at TEDxKIDS@SMU 2010

Greg is President of Harpervision Associates, a firm dedicated to assisting businesses develop and implement new visual and aural communication technologies. He is also co-founder of Gadgetoff, a unique annual event that gathers leading technologist and innovators in an exclusive gathering dedicated to new technologies. Greg is a recognized futurist who is currently focusing on [...]

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Grace Gilker – TEDxKids @SMU 2010

Grace is a freshman at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, where she is active in sports, theater and music. She is also active in the Youth Group and the Youth Choir at First United Methodist Church. Over the past four years, she has been a delegate to the General Elementary Model United Nations, and [...]

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Connor Brantley – TEDxKids @SMU 2010

Connor Brantley attends McLean Middle School in Fort Worth, TX. Connor is a Presidential history, government, and political enthusiast. His political experience includes interning on a gubernatorial campaign, volunteering on a Presidential campaign and working at a state party convention. Connor also enjoys working in the community. He co-organized a pet food drive and worked [...]

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Ray Zahab @ TEDxKids @SMU 2010

On November 1, 2006 Ray and two other runners set out on an epic expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One hundred and eleven days and 7500 kms after leaving the coast of Senegal, they completed their journey by dipping their toes into the Red Sea. After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis [...]

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SMU Innovation Gym @ TEDxKids @SMU 2010

Austin Hodges is a junior at Southern Methodist University, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Austin’s current interests are artificial intelligence programming and biometrics. Austin works as a member of the SMU Biometrics Research Team, where his primary focus is on developing and testing iris recognition algorithms on various platforms. Austin is also an [...]

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Baba Brinkman – TEDxKids @SMU 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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Mick Ebeling at TEDxKIDS @SMU 2010

Mick’s quest to make cool stuff has been relentless. For the last 10 years, he and the other insomniacs at The Ebeling Group have been making things like James Bond main titles, Grammy nominated music videos, commercials for Fortune 100 brands, and Cannes Lion winning branded content. Two years ago Mick was inspired by his [...]

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Daniella Willis at TEDxKIDS @SMU 2010

As a junior at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX, Daniella Willis is already an accomplished poet. Daniella has performed as a slam poet at the Tulisoma Book Fair, Waco Arts Festival, South Dallas Cultural Center, and The Embargo Café. She recently competed in the Brave New Voices National Competition in Los Angeles. She created [...]

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Will Watson at TEDxKIDS@SMU 2010

William Watson was born in 1989 in Sherman, Texas. After graduating from high school, he spent six months in East Africa as a photographer and volunteer before starting university at Sewanee: the University of the South, where he is a double major in International and Global Studies and Art. During his time at Sewanee, Will [...]

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Robert Freling – Electricity & the UN Millennium Development Goals – TEDxSMU’s Live Cast of TEDxChange

Solar Electric Light Fund Executive Director Bob Freling spoke at TEDxSMU’s live cast of TEDxChange about how electricity is crucial to achieving the UN Millenium Development Goals.

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TEDxSMU Slide Show from 2009

See some of the photos from the first-ever TEDxSMU.

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TEDxKIDS Slide Show from 2009

Get a sense of the first TEDx event for kids.

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What Will Change Everything? 2009

TEDxSMU 2009 attendees answer the question: “what will change everything?”

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Kyle Martin Shares the Beauty of Barefoot Running at TEDxSMU 2009

During another short audience talk at TEDxSMU 2009, Kyle Martin gave us the skinny on the beauty of barefoot running.

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Stan Greene Recites an Ode to Pluto at TEDxSMU 2009

Our favorite 45-second (yes, 45-second!) TEDxSMUTalk ever. Enjoy Stan Greene, Director of the Davinci School, as he gives an Ode to Pluto post its demotion from planetary status.

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Turk Pipkin at TEDxSMU 2009

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Lewis Warren at TEDxSMU

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Dr. William Abraham at TEDxSMU 2009

Dr. Abraham presents a grand theory of…everything.

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Rogers Hartmann at TEDxSMU 2009

Rogers Hartmann talks about life before and after a diagnosis of Dystonia

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Bobby Haas at TEDxSMU 2009

Bobby Haas looks at things from a different perspective

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Joshua Prince-Ramus at TEDxSMU 2009 on TED.com

Joshua Prince-Ramus on a theater that re-makes itself

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William Kamwamba + Bryan Mealer at TEDxSMU 2009

William and Bryan talk about building a windmill out of scrap

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Jeffrey Talley at TEDxSMU 2009

Jeff Talley talks about engineering the peace at TEDxSMU 2009.

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TEDxSMU 2009 Life Straw Demo

Mary Moore and Rives demo a personal water purification system

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Aaron Reedy at TEDxSMU 2009

Aaron Reedy travels the Mississippi River for the sake of education

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Ira Greenberg at TEDxSMU 2009

Ira Greenberg talks about code that drips at TEDxSMU 2009

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Anousheh Ansari at TEDxSMU 2009

Anousheh Ansari asks, “Can you change everything?” at TEDxSMU 2009

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Amory Lovins at TEDxSMU 2009

Amory Lovins’ talk “Reinventing Fire” from TEDxSMU 2009

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Tanya Pinto – Baal Dan Means Thank You – TEDxSMU 2009

Raised in India, Dubai and Australia, Tanya graduated from Australia’s Curtin University in 1998. She began working for The Richards Group in 1999, the nation’s largest independent branding agency. In 2005, Tanya took a sabbatical to work in an orphanage in India. Tanya’s experience working at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Calcutta was life-changing and she [...]

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Rives Tells a Tale of Trespassing – TEDxSMU 2009

Flat pages can’t contain Rives’ storytelling, even when paper is his medium. The pop‑up books he creates for children unfold with surprise. On stage, his poems burst in many directions, too, exposing multiple layers and unexpected treats: childhood memories, grown‑up humor, notions of love, of what is lost forever, and of what’s still out there [...]

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Dave Weaver Asks “What’s a TED?” at TEDxSMU 2009

Dave Weaver is an ad agency president, a relentless self-experimenter, a provocateur, long-time TEDster, and…according to many, “a darn nice guy.” Dave Weaver joined Cheil-owned “One Agency” as President in January 2011. A native Iowan, Dave is a 20-year advertising and marketing veteran. He has conceived and implemented marketing programs and advertising campaigns that have [...]

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