The second annual TEDxCharlottesville took place on Nov. 14th 9am to 6pm at the beautiful Paramount Theater on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA. An amazing and diverse lineup of speakers shared their "ideas worth spreading," revolving around the event's theme, "RefleXions." A sold-out crowd of 1040 piled into the Paramount and left inspired after a day of live talks and video TED talks. The audience celebrated the day with an after-party at the Jefferson Theater.
From the outset of the event, the steering committee announced that it would be providing 250 tickets to the community, making the day accessible to many who could otherwise not be able to afford the price of admission. Local student groups, home-schoolers and non-profit groups were able to take advantage of these tickets making TEDx a true community event.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Dr. Andrea DouglasDr. Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center executive director. Dr. Douglas founded adouglasproject an arts consultancy that specializes in exhibition development and strategic planning for start-up and small nonprofits. Douglas was curator of collections and exhibitions and curator of contemporary art at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Her scholarship considers the cultural and social connections in the biographies of 20th and 21st century artists of the African Diaspora. Douglas serves on the Emily Couric Leadership Forum board, City of Charlottesville PLACE Design Task Force, co-chair of Piedmont Council on the Arts’ cultural plan steering committee, and is a member of the University of Virginia’s Commission on Slavery.
Greg FairchildGregory Fairchild teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance. Fairchild was named one of the Top Ten Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. He was featured in the David Guggenheim documentary, “Spent: Looking for Change.” Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (D '94) are the founders of Resilience Education, an organization committed to providing high quality Socratic education to those that might not otherwise afford it. This is the conduit through which the Darden Prison Program is administered, among other initiatives
Peter AgelastoPeter Agelasto has spent over 20 years in the music business. He works nearly everyday with recording and internet media technologies. Originally a Mayan archaeologist, Peter turned his focus to “digital culture” as the internet grew to prominence in the late 1990s. In 1998, he founded Monkeyclaus, a recording studio and digital music venture located in Nelson County, Virginia. Two years later, in the loft space above the studio, he founded the internet multimedia start-up, BlueWall Media, as a means of helping musicians, artists, and content creators rethink how media is organized and distributed. He has turned this adventure into a media platform called "Starchive" which counts Bob Dylan as its first client. Peter is in awe of the massive transformations happening to our individual and collective lives and the speed at which cultures are changing and responding to life in this new medium.
Yiqi CaoYiqi Cao believes that food is an extraordinary tether for memories and traditions. In 2013, she traveled to China to explore food culture and family history while compiling a photo journal titled “Ginger and Scallion.” As Yiqi learned to make her grandparents’ favorite dishes, the stories that unfolded helped her understand her family’s legacy of creating something from nothing. This history drives her quest to improve healthcare quality and access for those in need. Yiqi is a fourth-year Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, where she studies biomedical engineering and business and helps lead the student-run organization Engineering Students without Borders.
ChihambaChihamba is a non-profit community organization dedicated to providing a better understanding of African Cultures through music and dance. The drum and dance performances are based on traditional West African pieces. Timeless rhythms bring to life the spirit of the African culture with pure energy and excitement. The spirit of Chihamba is catching! The group delivers a message of peace and love with extraordinary energy. The smiles on the performer’s faces show a sincerity that is lacking in today’s world. In Chihamba performances the audience is invited to join in to dance and celebrate the spirit of the African culture.
John D'EarthTrumpeter/composer John D’earth has toured with Bruce Hornsby, Lionel Hampton, and Buddy Rich, and recorded with Miles Davis/Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, and many others. He has written and/or arranged music for Dave Matthews, the Kronos String Quartet, moe (Sony Records,) the Kandinsky Trio, and assorted symphony orchestras. He has performed in Canada, Europe, China, South America, as well as the U.S. and appeared at the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, Blues Alley, and many other venues. He is currently the Director of Jazz Performance at UVA and artist-in-residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. D'earth's career is documented in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, (Oxford Press) by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.
Aaron FeinPart artist and part architect, Aaron Fein strives to create works of art and design that illuminate unforeseen ideas and possibilities. That process is guided by his belief that the slightest manipulations and the simplest contextual shifts inspire the mind’s most dramatic perceptual leaps. In 2011 Fein completed his decade-long project, “White Flags,” a re-imagining of our global identity by re-creating the world’s 193 national flags rendered entirely in white. Within a year of its completion, and with his help, two national embassies in London flew white versions of their own national flag for International Peace Day. With his new work, Fein is pursuing a wholesale re-examination of the medium of mass-produced embroidery. He does this by marrying the digital and mechanical tools of embroidery with a visual language originating from the world of 3D architectural computer modeling. The result is both hyper-technical yet entirely intimate.
Jim Harshawailure, struggle and setbacks are not only an inevitable part of life but a necessary part of the path to success. Jim Harshaw has learned many life lessons on the wrestling mat. Having won three ACC Championships for the University of Virginia, trained at the Olympic Training Center and competed overseas for Team USA he has experienced significant triumph and devastating defeat. He relates those powerful lessons of failure, struggle and setback to empower his audiences to overcome their own challenges and achieve success despite their inevitable failures.
Jack MarcusJack Marcus is a senior at Western Albemarle High School. He started entering science fairs two years ago to apply what he learns in the classroom to the real world. His most recent project is “Safe Sip,” a device that is able to detect the presence of “date-rape drugs" in drinks. After winning an award in Life Sciences from the U.S. Military, he continues to expand on the project. In his free time, Jack performs with his band, being both a guitarist for seven years and an amateur pianist, volunteers as a student co-chair for an elementary school autumn fundraiser, and is currently developing an iPhone app for students at his high school.
John Napier TyeJohn Napier Tye is Legal Director and Campaign Director at Avaaz, the global civic community with over 38 million members worldwide. Until April 2014, John served as Section Chief for Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department, where he held a clearance to receive Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information. Before leaving, he filed a complaint that overseas intelligence activities by the U.S. National Security Agency violate Americans’ constitutional rights. A Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate, John previously wrote about hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Judy WatsonJudy Watson is an Indigenous artist whose matrilineal family is from country in north-west Queensland. She co-represented Australia in the 1997 Venice Biennale, was awarded the Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1995, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Clemenger Award in 2006 and, in the same year, the Works on Paper Award at the 23rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award. In 2011 her exhibition waterline was exhibited at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC. Her work is held in major Australian and international collections including: National Gallery of Australia; all Australian State Art Galleries; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; St Louis Art Museum USA; The British Museum, London; Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK; Library of Congress, Washington, USA; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA; as well as important private collections. She has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years.
John C. Herr Ph. DRefleXion broadens our sensibilities and opens novel unforeseen paths. Dr. John C. Herr, a Professor of Cell Biology, Urology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia Medical School, is fusing knowledge from the fields of reproductive biology and cancer biology to re-imagine the future of cancer diagnosis and therapy. His audacious goal is to end chemotherapy as we now know it. Dr. Herr will explain how basic research on genes activated only in the ovary is leading to paradigm-shifting insights into the fundamental nature of a wide variety of cancers, including some of the most insidious and numerous. The insight that cancers take on characteristics of the egg is opening striking opportunities for novel methods of cancer detection and for path-breaking therapies with limited adverse effects on healthy normal tissues.
Joni LaneJoni Lane, LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
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