Thursday, February 11, 2016

Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxOregonStateU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOregonStateU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.




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Chris Barnes, PhD

Christopher M. Barnes is an Associate Professor of Management in the Foster School of Business of the University of Washington. His research examines human sustainability issues, especially the relationship between sleep and work. His research has been published in top tier management and psychology journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Psychological Science. This work has been covered by a variety of mass media outlets, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC World News, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, and NPR. He is also a blogger for both Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post.

Christopher Barnes

Habiba Addo

Habiba Addo is a native of Ghana and a guest teacher and performer for Portland Public Schools. She has performed and taught dance, rhythm and stories from Ghana, Guinea, Gambia and Senegal, in the United States and internationally for over fifteen years. She also educates on the rich African cultures present today in Cuba and Brazil.

Through her years of educating and performing, Habiba has been affiliated with many notable local and national organizations, including: Young Audiences, White Bird, the Oregon Ballet Theater and the Northwest Afrikan American Ballet, as well as the Milagro Bailadores and the Portland State University World Dance Office. She is a recipient of the Lila Jewel award, as well as the Arts Alive grant and multiple technical assistant grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

With her passion for preserving and rejuvenating cultural education through storytelling in her daily work, Habiba has begun collecting folktales from all across Ghana in an effort to publish a book that will highlight each unique region across the country, in an effort to revive cultural history and pride in a world so often forgotten by the advent of new technology and the homogenizing of cultures across the world.

Habiba Addo

Jonathan Hurst, PhD

Jonathan W. Hurst is an Associate Professor of Robotics in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, as well as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Agility Robotics. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University. His university research focuses on understanding the fundamental science and engineering best practices for legged locomotion. Investigations range from numerical studies and analysis of animal data, to simulation studies of theoretical models, to designing, constructing, and experimenting with legged robots for walking and running.

Jonathan Hurst

Kyle Hart

Since he can remember, Kyle Hart has enjoyed listening to the stories and feelings of others, whether that be a triumph, a frustration, or somewhere in between. Kyle is a children's book author and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. Kyle has received recognition for breaking down difficult social issues in his writing through humor, honesty, and passion to help his readers pursue personal development by realizing how powerful and capable they truly are.

His books, The Mustache that Cured World Hunger and The Beard that Boosted Self Confidence creatively facilitate conversations around societal problems; each contribute 50 percent of their proceeds to the Oregon Food Bank and Albertina Kerr. Kyle also writes motivational nonfiction for adults on several online platforms in an effort to inspire both children and adults to pursue their ideal life. Kyle graduated from Oregon State University in 2013.

Kyle Hart

Chinyere Tutashinda

Educate. Motivate. Inspire. Change the World. This is the philosophy Chinyere Tutashinda lives by. Whether it is traveling to Mexico to document the injustices in the 2006 Presidential elections through film, participating as a Co-Facilitator on the Oakland Mayors' Youth Violence Task Force, traveling to Ferguson in October 2014 to facilitate black direct action trainings, or teaching middle school students media activism, Chinyere uses her education and dedication for the community in all that she does. With a BA in Journalism and an MA in Media Activism, Chinyere is committed to igniting change all around her.

Chinyere Tutashinda

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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