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Theme: I Am Still Learning

This event occurred on
January 25, 2020
Lethbridge, Alberta

What is your idea worth spreading?

We are launching our first TEDxuLeth in January 2020 and are looking for people within the University of Lethbridge community who are eager to spark conversation and connection. As an institution founded on the philosophy of life-long learning, all students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate.

The theme of the TEDxuLeth conference is "I am Still Learning." Inscribed on the front of the University of Lethbridge Library, this quote reminds us that learning is a lifelong journey of discovery.

TEDxuLeth aims to highlight ideas, showcasing new ways of looking at the world, creating conversation, and bringing people together. Great ideas can come from anywhere, so we are looking to you to share your personal experience, a great design, a flash of genius, performance, and more at our big event on January 25, 2020.

10am - Event Begins
10:05am - TED Video The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor
10:15am - Sandra Lamouche
10:30am - Jeffery MacCormack
10:45am - LaRae Smith
11:00am - 15 MINUTE BREAK
11:20am - Brandy Old
11:40am - Uriel Karewa
1:00pm - TED Video The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong by Dan Pallotta
1:20pm - Tisha Gilbert
1:35pm - Eric Chang
1:50pm - Shandi Bleiken
2:10pm - 10 MINUTE BREAK
2:20pm - Rosie Costen
2:40pm - Robbin Derry and Saga Darnell
3:00pm - Event Ends

A viewing party will also be hosted at the Zoo. This party will be run the University of Lethbridge Students' Union, Graduate Students' Association, and the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association.

Please contact TEDx@uleth.ca if you are interested in hosting a viewing party.

University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4
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Brandy Old

Agility Program Coordinator - Alumni
Brandy Old is the Agility Manager at the University of Lethbridge. She’ll speak of one of the dirtiest words in our vocabulary, and perhaps one of the most important tools of success. That word is failure. Learning how to fail can teach us about success and how to make a difference.

Eric Chang

Entrepreneur - Alumni
An entrepreneur since the age of 12, Eric Chang is a big believer in the power of creative, entrepreneurial problem solving to tackle some of life’s greatest challenges. In his talk, he will address how a common phrase “don’t give up” may not be as helpful as one would think. It creates a mental roadblock without providing solutions or relief to help a person moving forward and getting unstuck.

Jeffery MacCormack

Assistant Professor - Educational Psychology and Inclusion
Dr. Jeffrey MacCormack is an assistant professor in the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Education. He’ll share his childhood experiences as a stutterer, along with the steps he takes when preparing to speak, which is a big part of his role as an educator. He advocates for stutterers within education, but also people with disabilities and differences more broadly. His big message is that students need to see teachers who model resilience and, more broadly, “easier” is not necessarily better.

LaRae Smith

BA. / BEd. Combined - Undergraduate Student
A fourth-year student at the University of Lethbridge, LaRae Katie Smith is currently working towards completing her Bachelor of Arts with streams in English, history and linguistics, as well as her Bachelor of Education. In her presentation, Smith notes there are factors outside of the realm of control that everyone has to deal with. People living during the Great Depression didn't sign up for dust storms, and she didn't sign up for ADHD. In the end, those factors are determined by a “roll of the dice.”

Robbin Derry and Saga Darnell

Associate Professor - Policy and Strategy and Reed College (Portland) - Undergraduate Student
As a business ethics professor at the University of Lethbridge’s Calgary campus, Robbin Derry is deeply interested in questions of social justice. Saga Darnell is an actor, singer, dancer, and playwright studying gender and performance at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After Saga came out as non-binary in 2016, Saga and Robbin began a correspondence, chronicling their thoughts and understanding around transness and non-binary identity. These are a few of those letters between mother and child.

Rosie Costen

BSc. Neuroscience - Undergraduate Student
A third-year neuroscience student at the University of Lethbridge, Rosie Costen focusses her attention on science, leadership and volunteering. Particularly passionate about disability advocacy and education, Costen lives with a chronic neurological disorder and mental health issues. She sees her education as a vehicle to helping others with neurological dysfunction.

Sandra Lamouche

First Nations Métis and Inuit Success Coordinator (Livingstone Range School Division) - Alumni
Sandra Lamouche is a Cree mother, wife, hoop dancer and educator. The First Nations Métis and Inuit Success Coordinator for the Livingstone Range School Division, she helps educate teachers, staff and students on first Nations history, culture and ways of knowing. She uses hoop dance teachings to inspire others to live in balance and harmony with themselves, their friends and family, and with the environment.

Shandi Bleiken

Admin Support - Faculty of Arts and Science Advising
Shandi Bleiken is a queer organizer and community activist in Lethbridge. The former president of OUTreach Southern Alberta and one of the leading voices behind #QueerKidsYQL, Shandi is a self-described relentless optimist who has dedicated her life to the undying belief that good will always win.

Tisha Gilbert

BFA. / BEd. Combined - Undergraduate Student
After living through a difficult divorce, Tisha Gilbert, a single mother of three, decided to turn her passion for theatre into a career and is currently in her third year of a combined Bachelor of Fine Arts-Drama/Bachelor of Education program. When life gets hard it can be tough to find reasons to smile. More than that, it can feel as though you’ll never be happy again. Gilbert explains five simple steps to help regain happiness in the midst of trials.

Uriel Karerwa

BSc. Neuroscience - Undergraduate Student
A neuroscience student at the University of Lethbridge, Karerwa is a radio programmer and writer and host of The Eclectic on CKXU radio. He’s used his studies to better understand his life experiences. Through storytelling, Karerwa will explain how applying concepts he learned in class can reignite one’s passion.

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Lethbridge, AB, Canada


Lethbridge, AB, Canada