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Theme: "Depicting the West"

This event occurred on
April 17, 2015
5:30pm - 9:30pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Cody, Wyoming
United States

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCody, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCody event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

-We're excited to announce the following presenters-

TIM WHITE on Leadership Secrets of the Wild West

MATTHEW KAUFFMAN on Rediscovering Large Mammal Migrations

BENTLY SPANG on Art and Reflections on Tensions between Indigeneity and Western Ideals

ANDREA SHIPLEY on Women in the Equality State

BRIAN LIESINGER on Value of Mining our Miseries for Richer Stories

BILL HOAGLAND on Concerning the View: Poems of Park County, Wyoming

ROB BREEDING on Cultural Tradition of Hunting

TARA KUIPERS on Community Collaboration is the Barn-raising of Our Modern Times

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Andrea Shipley

Andrea Shipley was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming. She started her nonprofit career in Montana and then moved to Idaho where she worked as a community organizer, fundraiser and leader creating public policies on local, state and national level on a variety of issues until her return to Wyoming in 2012. She is the recipient of the Idaho Business Review’s 40 Under 40 award in 2008, one of Boise State Universities Women Making History and a graduate of the Park County Leadership Institute.  Currently, she is the development coordinator at Northwest College Foundation where she is passionate about advocating, inspiring and educating people about how to give to students who will go on to shape a better world. Connecting the wage gap in Wyoming to her passion for women’s philanthropy is one of the many topics she explores in her free time. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana and an associate degree from Northwest Community College.

Bently Spang

Bently Spang is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist, curator, educator and writer working in mixed media sculpture, video, performance, and installation. An enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana, Spang's work reveals the complexity of his daily traverse of multiple cultural terrains with pragmatism, humor and deep introspection.  He squarely confronts issues of race and place, exploring the inevitable concerns—personal, communal, environmental and cultural—that emerge when they converge.

Bill Hoagland

Bill Hoagland taught at Northwest College until his retirement in 2013. He has published a book of poems titled Place of Disappearance and edited Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region. A new book of poems, Strawberries, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in June. His poems have appeared in The Denver Quarterly, Galway Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, The Montana Review, West Branch, Westering, and many other journals as well as in the anthologies The Last Best Place and Words on the Waves

Brian Liesinger

Brian Liesinger is the Executive Director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to memorializing the Heart Mountain World War II Japanese American Confinement Site. It was there that more than 14,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during WWII. The National Historic Site includes an award-winning museum, gallery, theater and archive. Liesinger has also worked in international education, as a newspaper editor and an English teacher in Japan. He holds a masters degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is a native Wyomingite whose connection to the state began with his maternal grandparents, both veterans of WWII, who homesteaded here.

Matthew Kauffman

Matthew Kauffman is fascinated by large landscapes. He leads a scientific team at the University of Wyoming that has broken new ground exploring the long-distance migrations of Wyoming's iconic ungulate species, i.e., the hooved mammals like deer, elk, and moose. His research seeks to understand how and why ungulates migrate, with a particular focus on the ways in which landscape change makes these migrations more difficult. A recognition that many of Wyoming's ungulate migrations have not been adequately mapped - and are being altered by habitat change - led Kauffman to co-found the Wyoming Migration Initiative in 2012. The mission of the WMI is to conduct research and outreach to better understand and conserve Wyoming's ungulate migrations.

Rob Breeding

Rob Breeding teaches journalism at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., and has worked as a journalist or journalism educator for 25 years. His primary area of focus as a writer has been the outdoors and environmental issues. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and writes a weekly column for the “Flathead Beacon” newspaper in Kalispell, Mont. In Arizona, the Outdoors section he edited was named the state’s top outdoors publication. Breeding has a bachelors degree in political science from U.C. Riverside, and a Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Northern Arizona University.

Tara Kuipers

Tara Kuipers works as an educator and facilitator in Wyoming and across the Mountain West. She gets excited about the topics of leadership and community development, public participation, organizational development and adult learning. Tara is passionate about striking a healthy work-life balance through cycling, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband. She is currently living on the edge by learning how to rollerblade.

Tim White

Dale Timothy (Tim) White is an Emmy award winning broadcaster, producer, and writer with numerous national and international credits. His wide-ranging career includes leadership roles in business, media, military, academics and foreign affairs. He is a Cody resident, and serves on the advisory board of the Draper Museum of Natural History.

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