x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Full Spectrum

This event occurred on
February 29, 2012
9:30am - 7:45pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Mesa, Arizona
United States

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During the TED Full Spectrum breaks, live presentations will be made at the TEDxBHCPoly event.

Lee Gutkind (11:15-12:00) Dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” Gutkind is an author and founder of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish nonfiction exclusively. His latest book, “Almost Human: Making Robots Think” was featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Gutkind spent six years as a fly-on-the-wall researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh where scientists and students are working to design, build and test robots so advanced that will work alongside humans. “Almost Human” is a portrait of robotic subculture. Gutkind is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at ASU and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Jennifer Gale (1:45-3:15) is a local advocate for sustainability and co-founder of “Paper or Plastic? Neither One Please!” Her work addresses the volume of plastic disposables as a vital issue for the planet. Several local students will make 3-5 minute presentations for their solutions leading up to Jennifer’s talk.

Solution Exhibition (5:00-6:00) Sponsored by Changemaker Central and PAB. An opportunity to record and document solutions to problems, both local and global.

ASU Polytechnic Union, Cooley Ballroom
5999 S Backus Mall
Arizona State University - Poly campus
Mesa, Arizona, 85212-6414
United States
Event type:
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Organizing team


  • Mark Henderson
    Associate Dean of Barrett, the Honors College at ASU Poly