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Welcome! We are delighted to have you join us for TEDxEmory 2012. Thousands of TEDx events are taking place in the world around us. Today, we are all part of the promise of the global TED and TEDx phenomenon. From the slums of Kibera to the summit of Mount Everest, from the Great Wall of China to the Tower of London, people around the globe are coming together to experience the power of ideas. Some of us are simply curious, some are driven by the passion of others, and some come with questions unanswered. This year, TEDxEmory is set to be one of the largest TEDx events in North America. Our speakers come from every walk of life, as do all of you here today. We are excited to see the interaction between the Emory and Atlanta communities and the ways in which we can push this collaboration further. Our day is dedicated to the notion of “ideas worth spreading.” TED’s curator Chris Anderson once said, “TED does not have a map, but it does have a compass.” We hope the ideas you hear today act as inspirations to guide you in your future. We are extremely grateful for the incredible enthusiasm and support with which this event has been met from every faction at Emory and beyond. Without any doubt in my mind, TEDxEmory is here to stay. Your participation today is an inspiration to our future speakers, organizing teams, and sponsors to continue the TEDxEmory tradition. Be curious. Share ideas. Welcome to TEDxEmory.

Ishaan Jalan & the TEDxEmory Team


About TED & TEDx TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. X = INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED EVENT In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection with an audience. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations) 2

Schedule Hosts Dr. Frans de Waal Ishaan Jalan Nabiha Saklayen

REGISTRATION / begins at 9:30am SESSION 1 / 10:30am - 12:30pm Opening Remarks SPEAKER 1 Marshall Duke SPEAKER 2 Robbie Brown SPEAKER 3 Sarah Vitorino SPEAKER 4 Manos Tentzeris TEDTalk Sheika al Mayassa

LUNCH BREAK 12:30pm-1:30pm lunch will be provided for all guests

SESSION 2 / 1:30pm - 3:20pm SPEAKER 5 Steve Kamb SPEAKER 6 Mike Luckovich SPEAKER 7 Tyler Sit SPEAKER 8 Steve Everett TEDTalk Adam Savage

SHORT BREAK 3:20pm-3:40pm

SESSION 3 / 3:40pm - 5:05pm SPEAKER 9 Susan Allen SPEAKER 10 Ngawang Norbu SPEAKER 11 Carla Diana TEDTalk Damon Horowitz

SHORT BREAK 5:05pm-5:25pm

SESSION 4 / 5:25pm - 6:50pm SPEAKER 12 Jordan Greenwald SPEAKER 13 Bernard Lafayette, Jr. SPEAKER 14 Santa Ono Closing Remarks

*times are estimated 3

Our Speakers SANTA ONO Santa J. Ono is a biomedical scientist and university administrator. He currently serves as Senior VP for Academic Affairs and University Provost at the University of Cincinnati. Santa previously served as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and then Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Emory University. He was also a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Harvard.


Steve Kamb is the creator of, a fitness community dedicated to helping average Joes live healthier lives. While running his business from a laptop, Steve has explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, flew a stunt plane in New Zealand, hiked the Great Wall of China, lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo, and guest lectured at Facebook and Google.


Carla Diana tries to live as close to the near future as possible. As Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design, her projects include domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances. Carla maintains an independent practice which includes a line of digitally distributed furniture, a series of sound-based sculptural installations and a selection of pieces that are best described as dynamic "virtual objects."


Over his more than four decades at Emory, Marshall Duke has studied a variety of family issues, as a member of Emory's clinical psychology faculty, then as a core faculty member with The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL). Duke also researches how storytelling in families strengthens familial bonds and builds resilience in children.


Mike Luckovich is the editorial cartoonist of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 1994 Luckovich received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and in 1995 he won the Pulitzer Prize for twenty different cartoons covering a variety of issues. In 2006 he won a second Pulitzer for Editorial Cartooning that addressed various topics, from Hurricane Katrina to the War in Iraq (2003- ).


Bernard LaFayette, Jr. has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, and is an authority on nonviolent social change. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement, 1960 and on the Freedom Rides, 1961. He was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr.


STEVE EVERETT Steve Everett is a Professor of Music and teaches composition, computer music, and directs the Music-Audio Research Center and is Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory University. In addition, he has been a guest composer at the Eastman School of Music, Conservatoire National SupĂŠrieur de Musique de Paris, and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.


Professor Emmanouil (Manos) M. Tentzeris joined the School of ECE, Georgia Tech in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Tentzeris is the Head of the A.T.H.E.N.A. Research Group and has established academic programs in Adaptive Numerical Electromagnetics, RF and Wireless applications and RF MEMS modeling.


Dr. Allen has been working with HIV in Africa since the first recognition of the epidemic on that continent in 1985. Her initial work focused on the epidemiology, natural history, and manifestations of HIV infection. She has also worked on development and testing of HIV prevention strategies. Recently, she has emphasized the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in the public health sector.


Ngawaang was born in South India to a Tibetan refugee family. Ngawaang was selected to participate in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative and he is studying science at Emory University as one of the six selected monk scholars with the goal of introducing a science curriculum into monastic education, which is the great vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Robbie Brown graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a degree in History and Journalism. Robbie is now a Regional News Assistant for the New York Times and he has written stories on everything from electoral politics, to the Occupy movement. Robbie is particularly interested in the future of the newspaper industry and how this will affect our news consumption.




Sarah Vitorino is passionate about reminding people of their inherent power and potential. Her dissertation examined how formerly incarcerated women succeed after prison. Sarah facilitates workshops with teenagers and women that promote empowerment, well-being, and creativity.

Jordan Greenwald’s life has largely been a negotiation between his veneration for good and his fascination with evil. It is all too common for his mind to offer audience to Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Carl Jung, only to hear rebuttal from Eminem, Metallica, and Dexter Morgan.

Tyler Sit is in the Master of Divinity program of the Candler School of Theology. Sit has traveled through the Americas and the Middle East, thinking about his vision of faith and the crossing of unlikely roads: graphic design and farming, LGBTQ rights and theology, meditation and environmentalism, and more.


About Us Official TED Licensees Dr. Frans De Waal Ishaan Jalan TEDxEmory 2012 Executive Team Ishaan Jalan Founder, President Nikhil Raghuveera Director of Programming Jonathan Katzner Director of Communications Dana Sand Director of Operations Matthew Muenzer Director of Design Kiefer Hock Director of Marketing Marvel Myrtile Director of Sponsorships/Finance Steve Crist Director of Logistics Nikoloz Kevkhishvili Director of Film & Media Joyce Li Director of Membership Raphaëlle King-Houis Director of Public Relations Dean Quaranta Sophomore Representative Annika Brauer Freshman Representative Scott Smith Freshman Representative Ariella Iancu Freshman Representative Kimberly David Oxford College Representative Stephanie Yang Webmaster Programming and Operations Team Matthew Stoiber Kimin Huang David Fink Leyla Sokullu Amanda Kamalapuri

Special Thanks to Dr. Benn Konsynski Dr. Michael Elliot Dr. Samiran Banerjee Dr. Gary Laderman Dr. Noëlle McAfee

Design, Film, and Media Team Ben Cheriyan Kimberly Beck Speakers Team Jane Singer Ryan Kristensen

Marketing Team Amaan Lakhani Raghav Rungta Sreekar Jasthi Josh Weinstock

Sponsorships and Finance Joseph Turner Matt O’Brien 6

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