Junior at Earlham College studying Spanish with double minor in TESOL and Jewish studies
Emma Milner-Gorvine is a junior at Earlham College studying Spanish with a double minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Jewish Studies, and an integrated pathway in Education. She is passionate about Judaism, education, and Spanish. Emma enjoys spending time with her friends and binge watching Netflix when she is not drowning in schoolwork or out for an occasional run. She also enjoys cooking for herself and others.
Assistant professor of biology
Emmett Smith is a professor of molecular biology at Earlham College. He loves reading, riding his horse and Moose Tracks ice cream. He has spent the past few years asking himself how he wants to be seen and identified, leading to a surprising self-discovery.
Music historian, teacher, singer-songwriter, and sometime radio DJ based in Chicago
Josh Friedberg is an Earlham alum from the class of 2011 who is returning to campus for his TEDx talk, Redefining Creativity as an Autistic Person. He lives in Chicago, has a master's degree in English, and has published over 30 articles as a personal essayist and music historian. He has also won multiple awards from a communications contest for his writing. His talk focuses on how creativity as an Autistic person means doing something differently from established norms--and will include the song he wrote at Earlham that changed his life.
Sophomore from Slovenia currently studying Art History and Marketing at Earlham College
Jus Tavcar is an international sophomore student, currently studying Art History and Marketing at Earlham College. He grew up in the Central European country of Slovenia in a family of artists and art lovers. When he was 16, he moved to northern Italy, where he finished his high school diploma. His hobbies include visiting art galleries and museums, researching contemporary queer art, organizing events, drinking coffee, eating cookies and shamelessly listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas songs in August.
Senior for Vietnam double-majoring in Human Development and Social Relations and Global Management
Lan Phan is a senior double majoring in Human Development & Social Relations and Global Management. She spent her last four years grappling with how her identity and personality fit in the culture of social activism at Earlham. As an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, Lan sought to create spaces that served to bridge differences and challenged systems of informal power.
Pharmacist + founder of nonprofit dedicated to local foods and global sustainability
Pat Foreman is a passionate decades-long supporter of the chicken movement to bring flocks back into our culture and employ chickens’ skill sets in gardens to build top soils, provide local protein, decrease carbon footprints and enable healthy local food supply systems.
She has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the US, including Mother Earth News Fairs, Monticello Heritage Harvest Festivals, National Heirloom Festival and many others. She is often a guest on radio and TV shows. She is the founder of the Gossamer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to local foods and global sustainability; “we cannot have one without the other”.
Pat graduated from Purdue University with degrees in Animal Science (genetics and nutrition) and Pharmacy. She has a Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
Tianxiang (Derek) Tan
Senior in Global Management from Tangshan, China
Tianxiang (Derek) is a global management senior from Tangshan, China. He is a Student Organization Co-convener and a Student Ambassador for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on campus. His passion is in international business strategy, and he has participated in four business competitions and interned at companies such as Asia Tech Source, Daimler, and Alibaba. He hopes to bring responsible and positive social changes through business innovations.
Tianxiang is also very interested in international politics, public affairs, and history, which led him to explore the differences in political systems, cultural misunderstandings, and thus the TEDx talk topic.