TEDxUofA is excited to announce its first annual conference, Uncharted! Join us February 16th for an evening full of unique ideas, conversation sparkers, and discovery as we explore the «Uncharted.» Refreshments will be served at intermission.
Jess Kapp- Kapp is a geologist, educator, and writer. She teaches geology at the University if Arizona, where she is the associate head of the department of geosciences. Her talk called «Say Yes» is about taking risk in pursuit of self-discovery.
Sherard Robbins- Robbins was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where he grew up in the inner city. He had an insatiable drive and thirst for success as he learned, growing up in the projects and watching his family struggle, that the system was not designed with everyone in mind. His talk, “Under the Page”, takes a philosophical look at the darkseid of comics.
Joel Cuello- Cuello is a Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at The University of Arizona. A globally recognized expert in the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems, Joel has designed various engineered systems, including those applied in bio-regenerative space life support, industrial mass production of algae cultures, and vertical farming. His talk, “AI Does Food”, is taking on the Planet's Grand Challenge of Achieving Increased and Sustainable Food Production through Amplified Intelligence
Caleb Warren- Warren is an assistant professor in the Marketing Department at the University of Arizona. He studies what makes things funny and what makes things cool. His talk “What Makes Things Cool”, looks at today’s most cool products and how or who makes them “Cool”.
Jonathan Bean- Bean has worked between architecture, technology, and marketing in academia and industry. Broadly, he is interested in how markets change and how we come to see things as normal. His research explores this in the context of high-performance building. His talk, “Demand Less”, looks at leading market transformation.
Hester Oberman- Oberman was mostly trained in The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Leiden) and Germany (Tuebingen), with a Ph.D in Psychology of Religion and Philosophy of Religion. She works in the Religious Studies & Classics Department, and is also affiliated with the Honors College. Her talk, “Belief Out of the Closet”, ask the 21st century question to believe or not to believe.
Nolan Cabrera- Cabrera is scholar of race and racism, specifically focusing on Whiteness in higher education. He has also been deeply involved in the Mexican American Studies controversy in Tucson Unified, recently serving as an expert statistician for the plaintiffs in the federal case. He was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary «White People.» His talk, “White Immunity”, looks at working through the pitfalls of privilege discourse.