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Theme: fights worth fighting

This event occurred on
September 26, 2015
12:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Santa Monica, California
United States

Seldom do two independent concepts connect as well as Fulbright and TEDx. The Fulbright Scholarship Program nurtures mutual understanding and respect across cultures by the exchange of compassionate, socially aware individuals, serving as ambassadors across all fields of professional engagement. TEDx, similarly, has shown immense promise in furthering ideas for the benefit of all societies in a way that is both personable (revolutionary story-telling) and powerful (demonstrating incredible feats of intellect, creativity, and collaboration). It is our continuing wish to provide Fulbright scholars and alumni with a TEDx framework to most effectively excite and gather others to join efforts in working for the sake of humanity's progress.

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Alice Blumenfeld

Flamenco dancer, choreographer, instructor, and scholar
Alice Blumenfeld's powerful performance onstage, and her scholarly work offstage, make her a preeminent force in the American flamenco dance scene. According to Thinking Dance: "[Blumenfeld has] a fierce presence (her movements seem to arise from several feet beneath the ground) ..."

Alice Kimm

Alice Kimm is founder of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), which is renowned for its design of innovative and catalytic environments. The output is marked by spatial fluidity, quality of light, and cultural impact.

Brian Boxer Wachler

Boxer Wachler Vision Institute (Founding Director)
Brian S. Boxer Wachler, M.D., is founding director of Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills, CA. Previously, he was director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center and Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. At the age of 32, he became one of the youngest directors of any medical division in UCLA’s history. Dr. Boxer Wachler has served on several non-profit boards. He has an international reputation as an authority on Intacs for Keratoconus, Holcomb C3-R for Keratoconus, CK for Keratoconus, LASIK, implantable lenses, and other advanced surgical techniques.

Brigham Yen

Broker/Urban Development
Brigham Yen is a broker specializing in Downtown LA real estate and is deeply passionate about urbanism and downtown development. He has been intimately involved over the last decade with the growth and promotion of Downtown LA's amazing revitalization --- now considered one of the hottest urban centers in the country with billions of dollars of investment pouring in. His well-known blog, DTLA. Rising with Brigham Yen, has become an invaluable community resource and a go-to source for the latest news pertaining to Downtown LA's urban renaissance. Brigham believes Downtown LA --- Southern California's employment, transportation, cultural, and entertainment hub --- is the future of Los Angeles.

Catalina Talero

Civic Engagement/Career Educator
Catalina Talero currently serves as Executive Director and board member of the One World Youth Project. A Fulbright Scholar in 2009-2010, Catalina has specialized in civic engagement and education management for nearly seventeen years. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree from from George Washington University in Human & Organizational Management. She has served as Director of Programs for Global Kids in Washington, D.C., as Program Officer at the Office of Post-secondary Education of the United States Department of Education and -in the past- she founded her own company.

Cristina Trenas

University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA (filmmaking student)
Cristina Trenas has always been involved in the field of communications, building all kinds of stories for all kind of causes, organizations and brands. Among others, Cristina has been part of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C, the United Nations Headquarters in New York, National Geographic, the BBVA Microfinance Foundation in Peru, the Organization of Iberoamerican States and DDB in Berlin. Cristina's journey into movies that matter began as a result of her two biggest passions, traveling and filmmaking.

Dolph Lundgren

Best known for his performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago, Dolph has starred in over 50 films. He was awarded a Fulbright to MIT after graduating at the head of his class in chemical engineering at the Royal Inst. of Technology in Stockholm. He also completed an exchange program with the University of Sydney.

Eric Trules

Universitiy of Southern California - School of Dramatic Arts (Associate Professor)
ERIC TRULES is an Associate Professor of Practice at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts, a multi-disciplinary artist, and was recently a Fulbright Senior Specialist in American Studies (2008-13). He is a native of New York City and has been a professional in the performing, literary, and filmic arts for over 45years. He began his professional artistic career as a modern dancer with Shirley Mordine’s Dance Troupe in residence at Columbia College Chicago in 1970, and then co-founded Mo Ming, the nationally renowned Dance-Theater in Chicago. Trules was one of the first federally funded CETA grant recipients in America for his dance work, which also received support from the Illinois Arts Council and the NEA. http://www.tedxfulbright2015.com/#!trules/c1m8a

James Mary O'Connor

Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
As Principal-in-Charge at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, James has provided inspired design leadership for numerous large-scale, innovative master planning, urban design, campus planning, residential and mixed-use projects throughout the USA and the world. James’ current prominent projects include the Grangegorman Urban Quarter Master Plan in Dublin, Ireland, Providence Saint John’s Health Center South Campus Master Plan in Santa Monica, the Shanghai Technology University campus, and the design of the new USA Embassies in Helsinki, Finland and N’Djamena, Chad. For over 20 years, James has taught design studios, lectured, and been invited as guest critic at universities and academic institutions in the USA and throughout the world.

Kate Conklin

Performer and Educator
Kate Conklin helps performers from Cirque du Soleil and Broadway shows to math geniuses move and perform better. World-class performers, athletes, and thinkers all work with Kate to excel at what they do.

Leland Lazarus

Public Relations
Leland Lazarus is the founder of The Dream Scholarship, which helps 5 undergraduate English students at the University of Panama (UP) reach their dream of getting a well-rounded English education and contributing to US-Panamanian cross-cultural understanding.

Michael Goldberg

Case Western Reserve University (Assistant Professor, Design & Innovation)
Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance.Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Goldberg’s massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, has attracted over 55,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 13 languages. Goldberg spoke about the impact of his MOOC at TEDxHeraklion in Crete in February 2015.

Priyali Sur

World Bank (Communication Consultant) | Journalist & Filmmaker
Speaker Priyali Sur Priyali Sur is a journalist and documentary film maker reporting on human rights violations with a focus on women and LGBT rights. She was a Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow 2014-15 at the Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland where she focused on gender rights and policy and also studied conflict resolution and peace negotiations. During her fellowship she was affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center and researched and wrote about the impact of climate change on women. She is currently a Communication Consultant at the World Bank and is based in Washington DC.

Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson was born in Hollywood, California in 1939. His father was assistant director to A.Hitchcock and as a young boy he would visit the set during filming. He also worked extra and acted in bit parts. He was impressed by the power of the camera lens and the intensity of the lights. He studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page.

Ruairi Robertson

As a nutritionist, microbiologist and neuroscientist, Ruairi Robertson is passionate about the link between our bellies and brains. His research is examining how our intestines and the microbes within them can influence both physical and mental health, and most importantly how our diets influence this relationship. Ruairi has travelled the world researching food, and believes it is the key to global public health. Ruairi is a PhD student in University College Cork in Ireland and current Fulbright Scholar (2015/16) to Harvard University.

Ryan Bart

Magician/Medical Student
Ryan Bart is currently a second year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Additionally, he is a magician who has been infusing wonder in audiences large and small for over a decade. For Ryan, magic is not about fooling people; but rather, it is about demonstrating the limitless potential we all possess. He will amaze you with both his magic and his passion regarding his work with Magicians Without Borders that began during his Fulbright Scholarship year in Colombia. Ryan’s work with Magicians Without Borders has taken him to the far corners of Colombia, India, and El Salvador where he uses magic to inspire hope in the forgotten people of our world. Ryan’s long-term vision is to intertwine the art of magic and the science of medicine in order to assist others in leading happier and healthier lives. http://www.tedxfulbright2015.com/#!bart/c1790

Samantha Lakin

Humanities/Genocide Expert
Samantha Lakin was a Fulbright scholar to Switzerland, a grantee with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has worked on gender issues at the World Health Organization. She has presented original research at a number of international conferences, including the University of London, The International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, the Museum of Tolerance New York, and the International Society of Political Psychology. Her research focuses on human security in post-conflict societies, looking at memorialization practices initiated by states and survivors. Samantha also serves as a consultant for the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Aegis Trust in Rwanda, and on the Advisory Board of the Genocide Survivors Support Network.

Organizing team


Karlsruhe, Germany


Washington, DC, United States
  • Adrian Roup
    Team member
  • Chris Coraggio
    Team member
  • Grant W. Graves
    Team member
  • Guillermo Fok
    Team member
  • John K. Bates
    Team member
  • Julianne McCall
  • Scott Hutchinson
    Team member