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Theme: Lives that Speak

This event occurred on
April 19, 2012
1:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Providence, Rhode Island
United States

TEDx Moses Brown School is shaped by the theme Lives that Speak a reference to George Fox, the founder of Quakerism and his call to live daringly and with a bold sense of purpose. Set in one of the oldest Quaker schools in the country, where Friends education focuses on developing the inner promise of each student.

TEDxMosesBrownSchool has an evening and afternoon session.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Louise Lamphere
Becoming a Squeaky Wheel
Anthropologist, gender scholar, advocate, professor at University of New Mexico, author

Uday Kumar
What Should Drive Medical Innovation, Problems or Solutions?
Founder, President and CEO, Revive Defibrillation Systems, Inc.; founder and former chief medical officer, iRhythm Technologies Inc., Fellowship Director Global Biodesign Programs at Stanford University, and a graduate of Moses Brown School class of 1990

Don Sweitzer
Dropping Out, Diving In, Mentors, Being There and Luck
Chairman of GTECH, authority on global politics, business, and public affairs

Sam Tsemberis
Housing for Mentally Ill Homeless People
Friend, founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing, community advocate on issues of mental health and homelessness

Melissa Maxwell
Taking Ownership
Television, film, and stage actress, award-winning playwright, director, dramaturge, and a graduate of Moses Brown School class of 1981

Jeff Cruzan
Why I Wish Sputnik Never Launched
Former Harvard research scientist, EMT, mountaineer, and current high school math teacher at Moses Brown School

EVENING SESSION, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Bill Harley
Stories Out Loud
Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awards from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Children’s Music Network and the National Storytelling Network

Meenakshi Narain
Journey to the Early Universe
Brown University professor, physicist, interest in the field of experimental high energy physics, played a fundamental role in the discovery and investigation of the top quark particle

Debbie Humphries
What We Don't Know
Friend, international health, public health expert; Yale School of Public Health professor, Dept. of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; research in Vietnam and Ghana on nutrition, hookworm and malaria; teaches "Global Food and Nutrition Issues

Joan Countryman
Speaking of Teaching
Friend, former head of school, Lincoln School; founding head of school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa; interim head, Atlanta Girl's School

Donald McNemar
Quiet Diplomacy
Friend, former President of Guilford College, former Headmaster of Phillips Academy (Andover), senior lecturer at Bentley University, expert in global studies/stewardship

Jenny Peek
Gangster Pigs, Flying Monkeys, and a Whole Lotta Dogs: What Teaching Playmaking to Kids Taught Me
Artist, entrepreneur, advocate, founder and former executive artistic director, the Manton Avenue Project; acting production manager, Providence Performing Arts Center

Maria DeCarvalho
Seeing in the Dark
Maria DeCarvalho, M.Div., an Episcopal Priest and former US Senate staffer and commodities banker at JP Morgan Chase, now works as an executive coach and performance consultant. She helps her clients to build essential relationships by teaching them how to listen deeply and express appreciation in a powerful way. She also leads courageous executives and their teams through the process of making the important changes necessary to achieve their dreams.

Paul Sorensen
Towards Green Petroleum
Engineer and entrepreneur, philanthropist, co-founder, Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc.

Carlos Andrés Gómez
Man Up: The Gift of Fear
Pushcart Prize-nominated poet; playwright, actor, Inside Man (2006); author of the memoir "Man Up" (2012), a graduate of Moses Brown School class of 2000

Moses Brown School
Waughtel-Howe Field House
250 Lloyd Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island, 02906
United States
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Organizing team


  • Austin Jaspers