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 TEDxPSUBehrend, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPSUBehrend 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.
Seun Babalola is a current sophomore student at Penn State majoring in Political Science and minoring in African-American Studies. Outside of the classroom, he serves on the Student Government Association as the Director of the Diversity Committee and as a Senator. He also serves on the executive board of the Organization of African and Caribbean Students. Seun's TED Talk will be on building better relations between police and communities of color, specifically focusing on the African-American community. This is an issue currently facing the United States that Seun has shown great passion for and he plans on approaching this topic by discussing proven ways to de-escalate police conflicts as well as telling the stories of those who were killed due to police violence while also giving accounts from his own life.
World-renowned Magician Bobby Borgia… has been thrilling audiences for the past 30 years with live performances and appearances in more than 70 countries and on such television networks as NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, and the Disney Channel.
He also was the Head Magic Consultant for the hit movie “Now You See It”, Mary poppins live theater show and has designed illusions for some of today’s hottest music artists including Destiny’s Child, Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men.
It’s often assumed that people are born with creativity while others are not. Or we have it, but only sometimes, as though we are catching a rare butterfly. But we’re all born with creativity. The question isn’t how to catch it—it’s how to feed it.
Genevieve DeRose was practically born into business. At the ripe old age of 22, she set aside her degrees and her corporate world aspirations to open up her own Pilates Studio. 16 years later she continues to be a successful entrepreneur.
So… What’s a GIRL BOSS anyway? pulls from the experiences and moments in the life of a young female entrepreneur, exploring exactly what being a GIRL BOSS is to her, and the factors involved in cultivating one.
Derick Fiedler is an Erie, PA native and 2014 Slippery Rock University graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies. While earning his degree he also ran on the collegiate track team. A high and long jumper turned decathlete. He won conference
championships his junior year and was ranked 16th in the nation. Since college, he has found a passion for traveling and craft beer. Starting out as a brewing apprentice for Lavery Brewing shortly after graduation has turned into a hopeful career path with Voodoo Brewery where he is currently employed. Along with those passions Derick has a dream to motivate people to follow their intuitions instead of let fear navigate their lives through his blog and essays. In his TEDx talk Derick would like to bring awareness to both those who do and do not suffer from mental health issues alike. He believes mental health is a disease that is far overlooked and the first step in bringing it into focus is by removing societies stigmas. He believes that his success and courage would never have been achieved without the support of his family and friends who have never given up on him.
Joseph Keogh is a nineteen year old freshmen at Penn State Behrend. He is from Stafford Virginia where he lives with his family of five. Joseph graduated in 2016 from Mountain View High School. For his Ted Talk, Joseph will be telling the story of how he witnessed a shotgun suicide of one his classmates. This experience was obviously very traumatic and life altering. His story however will not be focused on the pain or hardships this moment had on his life, but rather the good that has come out of it. Joseph hopes to share his moment in time with the world in order to raise awareness about the reality of mentally based hindrances, as well as help the world look at themselves deeply and evaluate what they hold dear.
“Explore Tradition with a Modern Innovative Mind” is Dr. Anjali Sahay’s mantra that works as well in the classroom as much as on the stage. Dr. Sahay is an educator, leader, researcher, and a performer who works at Gannon University as a Professor of Political Science and International Studies. Balancing her various roles as professor in the classroom, Senate President in the university, and a performer of Indian classical dance form, she is a determined person who uses an innovative, creative and a balanced approach to life to inspire other professionals and students. As a performer, Dr. Sahay was introduced to ‘Kathak’ an Indian classical dance form originating in Northern India in New Delhi, India under the tutelage of her Guru Shovana Narayan. Continuing her dance journey into the United States, she has performed in various cities in India and also in the United States. She explores traditional dance with a modern mind to explore the past to create a new, imaginative future and often work with other dancers and dance styles. She believes that her dance is both local and global at the same time and blends tradition with the contemporary. Through her dance, she seeks to challenge established norms and develop the courage to dance her own dance, while at the same time being informed about the heritage, cultures, influences and language of other dance styles and forms, viewpoints and ideas.