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Theme: InterconnecTED

This event occurred on
September 15, 2012
2:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Kansas City, MO
United States

The event we are hosting is TEDxUMKC InterconnecTED; it is scheduled for September 15th 2012 and is being carefully planned, organized and delivered by a dedicated committee of students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, for the benefit of their fellow students, faculty, staff, and the Kansas City community. The theme of this event will be "InterconnecTED." The advantage of having this theme is that it is extremely malleable, and thus we are able to include topics of a wide variety-each of the talks will involve ideas about connections between people, disciplines, thought processes, and emerging ideas. A University is a place of learning and expanding one's ideas, beliefs, and perceptions. The mission of this event is to invite passionate, eloquent and inspiring speakers to impart a body of knowledge and a growing sense of curiosity amongst the audience.

Student Union Theater
5100 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO, 64110
United States
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Randall Fuller

Dr. Randall Fuller is a professor of English at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists (Oxford University Press, 2007). His articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature have appeared in American Literature, American Literary History, Early American Literature, New England Quarterly, and ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. He is the recipient of an NEH fellowship, and the director of the University's Honor Program.

Margaret Buckner

Dr. Margaret Buckner is a professor of Anthropology at Missouri State University. Dr. Buckner received a B.A in anthropology and in linguistics in 1978 from San Diego University. In her junior year, she spent almost a year traveling around South America, and learned Portuguese in Brazil. Dr. Buckner later joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Bangassou, Central African Republic, where she taught English and Spanish for three years. During her time there, learned the Zande and Sango languages. She eventually attended the University of Paris X (Nanterre) for graduate study in ethnology. While finishing her dissertation, Margaret was hired by the Medical Research Council of London to manage an HIV research center in Guinea-Bissau, from 1991-1993. Dr. Buckner came to Missouri State in 1997. Her focus is in African cultures, linguistics, ethnomusicology, and medical anthropology.

Craig Webb

Craig Webb is the Executive Director of the non-profit DREAMS Foundation. He is a McGill University graduate and a pioneer of lucid dream research at Stanford University. Craig Webb is an author and columnist and also helped found “Making Contact” (a radio program airing weekly on 150+ stations worldwide for over 16 years). He has also led many training programs over the past twenty years. Craig and his work have made over a thousand international academic, public, and corporate appearances.

Devin Henderson

Devin Henderson is a corporate entertainer and keynote speaker and was voted the 2010 “Stage Magician of the Year" and "Close-Up Magician of the Year" by The International Brotherhood of Magicians (Ring 129). Devin has his own magic show at the Kansas City Improv Comedy Club. He has appeared on numerous local morning shows and television commercials and has performed in 25 states and in Canada.

James O'Keefe

Dr. James O'Keefe Jr. is the director of Preventive Cardiology Fellowship Program and the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Cardiovascular Consultants at the Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, a large cardiology practice in Kansas City. He is the co-author of four bestselling books, including The Forever Young Diet & Lifestyle (Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, 2005). Dr. O'Keefe received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his medical residency and cardiovascular fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He has been board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, pacing, and internal medicine. In 1989, he became a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has contributed to over 200 articles in medical literature. He is also the chief medical officer and founder of Cardiotabs, a company that creates nutritional supplements to aid in a healthy lifestyle.

Organizing team


Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Emily McGhee
    Social Media Chair
  • Sean Ghosh
    Website Management Chair
  • Ankit Verma
    Sponsorship Chair
  • Tyler Kjorvestad
    Sponsorship Chair
  • Anisha Rimal
    Speaker Outreach Chair
  • Vidhi Shah
    Speaker Outreach Chair
  • Santhi Reddi
    Event Coordinator Chair
  • Dipen Patel
    AV Team Coordinator
  • Tarang Patel
    AV Team Coordinator