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Theme: Inspiration

This event occurred on
November 22, 2013
6:00pm - 10:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Biddeford, ME
United States

TEDxUNE showcases local brilliance at the Biddeford, Maine campus of the University of New England. All presenters currently reside and/or work in Maine, ranging from philosophers to animal refuge owners. TEDxUNE demonstrates what a small group of undergraduate students and a very supportive, engaged community can offer to TED.

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11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME, 04005
United States
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David Livingstone Smith

Dr. Livingstone Smith presents on the philosophical topic of dehumanization and sheds light as to why humans are capable of horrific atrocities that have occurred throughout history. While we usually think of people such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King when posed with the topic of great leaders, Dr. Smith discusses leaders who use powerful methods to provoke others to remove their inhibitions on treating people as subhuman creatures, causing them to perform evil acts such as wars and genocides. Dr. David Livingstone Smith is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNE and founder of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies. Author of Why We Lie, The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War, and the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award winning Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others, he has established himself as an authority in research on self- deception and dehumanization.

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart presents shocking evidence and first-hand accounts from the brutal act of elephant poaching taking place in many countries throughout Africa. As a guide in Botswana, he became acquainted with both sides of the industry— those who do it for basic family survival and others who do it to profit off the illegal Asian ivory market. He provokes stimulating solutions, conversation, and debate on the inhumane practice of elephant poaching while changing the way his audience forever views this species. Although elephants are the spotlight of this talk, you will find yourself questioning the entire state of humanity. Andrew Stewart is the Director of Hope Elephants, a Maine non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of elephants. Stewart has worked as a safari guide in Botswana and in the travel industry for Abercombie & Kent in London before moving to Maine, where he has worked as an Assistant elephant handler.

Ed Bilsky

Dr. Ed Bilsky presents us with captivating personal accounts through the eyes of chronic pain patients. While outlining the importance of personalized treatment for those suffering from chronic pain, Dr. Bilsky explains to us the complications with current treatment and diagnosis of this devastating condition while providing us with an insightful summary of the progress that can be made to alleviate the burden of chronic pain in the future. Dr. Edward Bilsky is a Professor of Pharmacology and serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience and Vice President for Research and Scholarship at UNE. Co-founder of small biotechnology company Aiko Pharmaceuticals, Bilsky is also Associate Editor for Life Sciences journal. His expertise include opioid pharmacology, acute and chronic pain, addiction, and neuropharmacology.

Barry Costa-Pierce

Dr. Costa-Pierce discusses the importance of sustainability on our planet as the human population approaches 9 billion people, what we now call the Anthropocene. While the world’s economics have completely changed as natural capital is now the limiting factor on the planet, he explains a movement in which we start getting food from oceans instead of the terrestrial sphere in order to halt some of the harmful effects of overproduction of agriculture. As he focuses on the importance of merging fisheries and aquaculture, Dr. Costa-Pierce provides a thrilling talk about the future of our planet. Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Endowed Chair of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Science Education and Research Center at UNE. Author of more than 120 publications, his research interests are in ecological aquaculture and sustainable fisheries. Costa-Pierce has also served on the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw shares with us some of the invaluable lessons that she learned during her fast-paced career as the only female sword fishing captain in the United States. After being featured in Sebastian Junger’s “The Perfect Storm” she gained instant fame as the “woman who survived the storm.” Linda Greenlaw provides us with fascinating accounts of her experiences as a female captain in a male-dominated field while teaching us what she believes to be the key to success in all aspects of life. Linda Greenlaw is the US’ only female sword fishing captain, and author of three New York Times bestselling books: The Hungry Ocean, The Lobster Chronicles, and All Fishermen are Liars. She is the winner of the 2003 U.S. Maritime Literature Award and the 2004 New England Book Award for nonfiction. Time Magazine called her Recipes from a Very Small Island, co-authored with her mother Martha Greenlaw, a "must-have cookbook." Greenlaw is featured on Discovery Channel’s hit series Swords: Life on the Line.

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Biddeford, ME, United States


Biddeford, ME, United States
  • Spencer Ross
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  • Jenna Selandar
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  • William Bushey
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  • Drew Fortin
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  • Kristina Michaud
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