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Theme: Disruptive Innovation

This event occurred on
November 10, 2013
9:00am - 4:15pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Amherst, MA
United States

TEDxAmherstCollege challenges and inspires our audience to think about ideas that have disrupted societies, markets and world standards.

Kirby Theatre
220 S Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002
United States
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Karti Subramanian

Karti Subramanian is a co-founder of Vera Solutions, a technology consulting and development firm with offices in Mumbai, Nairobi, and Geneva. Vera has worked with more than 80 NGOs, social enterprises, research institutions, and government agencies in nearly 40 countries. Vera was selected as a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2012 Dasra Social Impact Fellow, and its founders were recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the category of social entrepreneurship.

Bryn Geffert

Bryn Geffert received an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Russian history from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the same. His personal research focuses on Russian social and intellectual history. In 2010 Notre Dame University Press published his book, Eastern Orthodox and Anglicans: Diplomacy, Theology, and the Politics of Interwar Ecumenism. He is now finishing a second book for Yale University Press, A Documentary History of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In his spare time Bryn likes to read and write.

Jason Robinson

American saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson is an acclaimed and distinctive voice in a new generation of creative musicians equally interested in improvisation and composition, acoustic music and electronics, tradition and experimentalism. Described by Ron Wynn of JazzTimes as “one of the most respected soloists and bandleaders in jazz’s experimental wing,” Robinson explores the relationship between improvised and popular musics, experimentalism, and cultural identity. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, San Diego.

Saraswathi Vedam

Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c) is currently on the faculty of the Division of Midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Professor Vedam has been active in setting national and international policy on home birth and midwifery, providing expert consultations in Mexico, Hungary, Chile, China, Canada, and the United States. Professor Vedam’s scholarly work includes critical appraisal of the literature on safety of home birth, and development of low intervention methods for fetal assessment and maternity care. She is principal investigator for the federally funded Canadian Birth Place study and a community- based participatory action research project, “Why Midwifery Care?”

Kenneth Danford

Co-founder of North Star, Kenneth Danford has supported hundreds of teens to leave school and utilize self-directed learning over the past seventeen years. Prior to establishing North Star, Kenneth taught in the Amherst, MA Regional Public Schools and in the Prince George’s County, MD Public Schools as an 8th grade U.S. History teacher. He earned his M.A.T. at Brown University under the auspices of the Coalition of Essential Schools. "It is one thing to tell teens that school is optional, but another thing completely to make that option real for any interested teen."

Marisa Parham

Marisa Parham is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African-American Literature and Culture. Her teaching and research focus on texts that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality, particularly as such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans. She is currently working on books and articles on the posthuman, Octavia Butler’s unpublished work, on problems of abstract equivalence and identity in American literature, film, and music, and also on the problem of historicizing permutations of hypertextuality in twentieth century American literature. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Andre Wang

Andre Wang is a senior at Amherst College currently laboring through his honors thesis in Psychology. Hailing from Shenzhen, China, he is interested in how social groups interact with each other and what that means for the behavior and perception of individuals in or outside of those groups. Additionally, he is fascinated by the formation and persistence of various biases we have, especially those we fail to acknowledge. Andre has worked in Dr. Saaid Mendoza’s Social Perception Amherst Lab on studies on racial humor and intercollegiate decision-making. He has also collaborated with research teams at AIDS Project Los Angeles and UC San Francisco investigating the social network of gay men of color, which have been presented at the Department of Public Health in L.A. County and the 2013 National Conference of the American Psychological Association. More recently, he interned with the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University and is co-authoring a manuscript for academic journal submission.

Rosanne Haggerty

President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions and a Life Trustee of Amherst College, Rosanne Haggerty is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. She is the founder of Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness. In 2012, she was awarded a Jane Jacobs medal for new ideas and activism from the Rockefeller Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Center for Urban Community Services, Citizens Housing and Planning Council and Iraq- Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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