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Theme: Tucson: City of Healing & Innovation

This event occurred on
December 8, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Tucson, AZ
United States

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Gallagher Theatre
1303 University Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85719
United States
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Stuart Hameroff

The Future Of Consciousness - Dr. Hameroff appeared as himself in the documentary film What tнe ♯$*! Do ωΣ (k)πow!? (2004). He is a leader in the study of consciousness, and Director And Co-Founder of the Center For Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona

Daniel Hernandez

Daniel is the former aide to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He became a hero to many in the face of unspeakable violence.

Bill McDorman

Seeds have the potential to heal the planet and save humanity. Nothing in life is more powerful or profound—and no one speaks with more inspiration on the subject than Bill McDorman. As Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH, one of the world’s foremost seed conservation organizations, Bill has dedicated his life to preserving our precious seed heritage and spreading awareness about the ancient practice of seed saving.

Alexander Nava

Alexander Nava has inspired students in his courses: ‘Love and World Religions,’ ‘The Question of God,’ ‘Religion and Culture in the Southwest,’ ‘Rap, Culture, and God’ and ‘Religion in Latin America.’ He is currently working on a book project on the experience of wonder in Latin American religion and literature.

David Sbarra

David A. Sbarra, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona where he serves as Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Sbarra teaches advanced graduate courses in psychotherapy, he is the author of numerous research papers and book chapters concerning divorce, stress, coping, and both mental and physical health. In addition to his is work as a professor of psychology, Dr. Sbarra maintains a small clinical practice in Tucson. David’s TEDx talk will describe his latest research on divorce and healing in the aftermath of marital separation. Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, and David’s research is illuminating new ways to promote recovery after this stressful life event.

Naya Arbiter

Ms. Arbiter is currently developing a comprehensive written curriculum for a six-month residential therapeutic community for male and female adult substance abusers with extensive criminal histories who are under criminal justice (probation or parole) supervision. She is currently providing staff training for several organizations, including three who work intensively with criminal justice populations: Center Point, Inc. (San Rafael, California); Amity, Inc. (Tucson, Arizona); and the Amity Foundation of California.

Patricia Pearson

"Why Ghosts Are Good For You" Patricia shares her latest research for an upcoming book about people's experience of the afterlife, to be released in 2013. Patricia Pearson is an award-winning novelist and journalist whose most recent book is the critically acclaimed memoir Brief History of Anxiety...Yours and Mine, assigned “major points for wit and flair” by the New York Times. She has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, New York Times and the Guardian, and has been featured or interviewed on National Public Radio, the BBC, CNN and Canadian national media. Her comic novel Playing House was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and adapted for television. She has won several National Magazine Awards, as well as the Arthur Ellis award for best non-fiction crime book of 1998.

Organizing team


Tucson, AZ, United States


Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Dr. Allan Hamilton
    Event Vision and Theme
  • Melissa Lim
    Student Coordinator
  • Stephanie Bermudez
    Director of Art & Entertainment
  • Niki Mathias
    Speaker Coach & Organizational Development