TEDxSMU 2014: Strangely Familiar


TEDxSMU, the day-long event dedicated to ideas worth spreading, was back for a sixth year on Saturday, November 1st. “Strangely Familiar” was the theme for the conversations; our speakers and performers took us on an adventure into the unknown. Topics intersected where the strange meets the familiar; familiar subjects were viewed with a different lens and strange ideas were made relatable. Our journey included music and dance, robots and big data. We traveled to prisons in Africa then back to the super-bugs in our own backyard.


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9:00am | Good Morning

10:00am | Session I: Anticipation

Clegg + Goldthwaite + Hass + Jesuit + McLean + Myers + Stoetzel

11:45am | Lunch

1:15pm | Session II: Unknown

Carman + Color Condition + Graham + Judice  + Nitta + Tillemann + Unity of Cultures

3:00pm | Bounce Back

4:00pm | Session III: Destination

Dyer + Engelstad + Harris + McAllister + Porfiri + Sturm + Twomey

6:00pm | Reception


Speakers and Performers:

Dale Carman

Founder & Executive Creative Director | Reel FX


Dr. Deborah Clegg

Beverly Hills FATinista – a Leading Expert in Fat Cell Biology

Associate Professor | Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


The Color Condition

Color, pattern and movement

Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom


Cindy Dyer

Human Rights Activist

Vice President of Human Rights | Vital Voices Global Partnership


Janeil Engelstad

Community and Public Art Activist

Founder | Make Art With Purpose (MAP)


Howard Goldthwaite

A Banjo Player Overcomes the PR Disaster of the Movie Deliverance

Writer, creative director and banjo player


Allison Graham

Social media = unsocial

Head of Production | Alpha Girl Productions


Greg Harris

The music that defines us

President and Chief Executive Officer | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Lawrence Hass, Ph.D.

Magic as an art form

Magician and Professor | Austin College


Kevin Judice

Realities of a Post-Antibiotic Era

Founder | Cidara Therapeutics


Ben McAllister

The Science of Good Design: A Dangerous Idea

Senior Creative Director | Comcast


Alexander McLean

Finding justice and humanity in African prisons

Founder | African Prisons Project


The Unity of Cultures

Delilah Buitron & Megna Murali

Flamenco and Kathak Dancers


Tadd Myers

Photographer | American Craftsman Project


Satya Nitta

Learning at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive computing

Program Director, Master Inventor | IBM T J Watson Research Center


Maurizio Porfiri

Robots assisting nature underwater

Professor | NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering


Kelly Stoetzel

TED + Youth = a serious movement

Content Director | TED


Andrew Sturm

Design Solution Activist


Tomicah Tillemann

Senior Advisor for Civil Society & Emerging Democracies | U.S. Department of State


World Champion FIRST Robotics Team 2848

Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas, TX