The 2014 TEDxOhioStateUniversity will feature a wide variety of speakers and performers from the Buckeye community — faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as others with close ties to the university.
The event will take place 12:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Mershon Auditorium. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and doors open at 11:30 a.m.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The events are branded TEDx, with the “x” implying an independently organized TED event.
Here are the speakers and performers lined up for the Ohio State event:
Patty Cunningham is a three-time graduate of Ohio State, having received her
BA in women’s studies (with a minor in Black studies); an MA in higher education and student affairs; and a doctoral degree in cultural foundations. She oversees a number of community outreach programs, including Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection. That program involves projects in different neighborhoods in Columbus that have a high poverty rate. Another is the Buckeye REACH program, which connects students to mentors in youth prison facilities. She is the co-primary investigator of the Appalachian Project, Ohio, a research project focusing on getting more students from Appalachian Ohio to attend college.
Matthew Stoltzfus, or “Dr. Fus” to his students, is an accomplished chemistry lecturer at Ohio State, where he has taught general and advanced inorganic chemistry. He is experimenting with the “flipping the classroom” lecture approach, which has been featured recently on ESPN and NPR mainly due to his iTunesU General Chemistry course. His iTunes course has an enrollment of more than 127,000 students from all over the world. In addition, Stoltzfus is currently a contributing author on the 13th edition of Chemistry the Central Science textbook, coauthors the Chemistry the Central Science lab manual and is a faculty fellow and house director for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Patty Bode asserts art education as a civil right and human right through her teaching, research, service, art making and activism. With a focus on democratization of the arts, especially with underserved communities, her work reinvigorates the arts in urban schools, juvenile justice facilities and neighborhood community settings. She engages cultural institutions to reimagine their role in civically engaged art education. Her teaching prepares art educators to advance critical pedagogy through multicultural education and innovative classroom practice by highlighting the role of radical thought in the transformation of schools and society.
Michael Brandl is an assistant clinical professor of finance and director of the Business Honors Program at the Fisher College of Business. where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students in economic theory and financial institutions. Winner of more than 40 teaching awards, Brandl is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and training seminars where he discusses the current status of the United States and global economy, financial markets analysis, economic policy and regulation. He is currently writing a textbook on money, banking and financial institutions for Cengage Learning.
Barbie Tootle is president of Left Field Consulting, which provides freelance writing services, consultation in communication strategies and training in creativity and personal development. She researches and writes speeches for CEOs and senior officers in the corporate world, nonprofits and higher education. She also writes scripts for large events and videos. She is story editor and researcher on the documentary film Song of the Soul: Stories of Hospice in South Africa. For 15 years, she was director of special projects and special assistant to the president of Ohio State, working for three presidents. She spent a dozen years in the Office of Student Affairs/Student Life.
Andrew Tarvin is a professional speaker, trainer and entertainer. He has developed and delivered more than 100 speaking and training sessions and has worked with more than 50 organizations. He has designed and led more than 30 coaching sessions with individuals from North America and Asia on topics including humor, interviewing, career planning, improvisation and storytelling.
Marissa Blankenship is a sophomore studying psychology and sociology at Ohio State. As a student staff member at the Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center Transition Services Department, Blankenship is able to pursue her passion for special education and student support services through the development of student programs. She also is a research assistant in the Development, Language and Cognition Laboratory.
Kinshuk Mitra is a 20-year-old senior in the biomedical engineering program at Ohio State. He is a Pelotonia Research Fellow and an Engineering Research Scholar. In 2013, Mitra invented a biochip to detect cancers and other diseases using the cells and proteins they produce. The company, OncoFilter Inc. (for which he is the chief technology officer and lead inventor), was co-founded to commercialize the technology. The company won the OSU Business Plan and the Rice Business plan Shark Tank. The technology is now being commercialized by partnerships with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the James Cancer Center.
Ryan Barta and Charlie King marched together in the Ohio State University Marching Band for three years as members of T-Row. Seeking to reduce paper expense and improve the efficiency of the band, they had the idea to propose the use of iPads. The idea was a hit and they were able to secure a $25,000 grant thanks to the Ohio State Office of Energy. The project has been a success and is planned to be fully implemented for the 2014 season. The project also has garnered considerable media attention over the last few months, most notably featured in the Apple iPad Air commercial, “Your Verse.” The project has been featured on the Today show, Inside Edition, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chronicle of Higher Education and more.
Tori Boggs, an Honors Collegium student studying industrial design, engineering and pre-medicine, is a professional rope skipper and nine-time World Jump Rope Champion. She has been jumping rope for the past 16 years and holds two world rope skipping speed and power records. Boggs is a member of Jump Company USA and, for the past four years, she has been the captain of Team USA. She tours with Cirque Dreams and is a guest jumper for Rope Works and Cirque Du Soleil.
Maggie McKivergin is a nationally certified clinical nurse specialist in holistic nursing with 40 years experience in integrative health. Her mission is to support an individual across the spectrum of life and help bridge the gap in people’s understanding of caring for themselves. In her service to others, she uses advanced assessment technology coupled with integrative health strategies to discern the cause of imbalances in the body and recommends a plan of care specific for each person to include complementary therapies for many diseases and imbalances when other resources have been exhausted.
ALLxCAPS is a DJ/Production duo created at Ohio State. In a collaborative approach to enter the rapidly changing dance music industry, it is the ideas brought into sound by two friends, Nandish Patel and Naveen Sharma. ALLxCAPS is the product of technological innovation in the pursuit of entertainment through passionate design.
Jordan Edelheit believes in sharing ideas and bringing people together. In 2011, she founded Ohio State’s first TEDx conference, an independently organized version of the popular TED series that offers short lectures on technology, education and design by experts, some of them internationally known. She continued her work by developing a TEDx session at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.
What led you to organize a TEDx session here?
The goal of TED as a global organization is to share “ideas worth spreading,” so organizing an event at a research institution with as many incredible thinkers as Ohio State has seemed like a necessary gap to fill. A few years ago I attended LeaderShape, a six-day leadership development conference, and I left with a strong support system of students and faculty. This group gave me the confidence to move forward with an idea that I believed could bring new life to campus and help students, faculty and staff connect with each other through ideas being generated on our campus.
You also founded TEDxMarion-Correctional, which addresses correctional reform. What does this say about the ability of college students to make a difference in the community?
I hope it proves that, regardless of your age, people are willing to listen to you. TEDx-OhioStateUniversity and TEDxMarionCorrectional have been incredibly humbling experiences. I have found myself in conversations with some of the leading thinkers of incarceration reform and feel fortunate to be able to learn from them in whatever capacity possible. I think one of the most powerful images for me is how multigenerational the core team for TEDxMarionCorrectional is: two men in their 30s who have been incarcerated since I was an infant; a 72-year-old woman who has dedicated the last 12 years to incarceration reform; and me, a 20-year-old undergrad. In most cases, we have very little in common. Yet, with the constant support and encouragement from a growing community, the four of us have carried out a vision that is now becoming a global model for other prisons and potential TEDx events to follow.
Fill in the blank: “The world would be a better place if it had an infinite supply of _____.”
Allies or mentors/role models. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to be a part of service work regarding a variety of social issues. Each of these experiences has taught me different lessons, but one constant is the imperative role that allies have throughout these communities. Regardless of the issue at hand, there is always room for allies and advocates to show compassion and genuine interest by lending their voice to those who are not always heard. Ohio State has 500,000 alumni.
I get chills thinking about our capacity to create change as Buckeyes across the world. It is up to us to band together and become allies for one another in order to strengthen our global community.