TEDxBGSU is a local, independently organized TEDx event at Bowling Green State University that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED. At its core, our aim is to foster “ideas worth spreading”. TEDxBGSU seeks to amplify the voices of students, faculty, staff, and community members of Bowling Green to share new ideas and inspire change.

TEDxBGSU 2022 – For the Public Good

This year’s theme for TEDxBGSU is For the Public Good. Bowling Green State University is a public university for the public good and TEDxBGSU will share the stories and ideas from across the BGSU community that amplify this mission

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Bowen-Thomson Student Union Theater

Live broadcasts of each talk will be available for viewing across campus, including in the BTSU Simulcast Lounge.

View a full list of our speakers and topics here!

Register for TEDxBGSU! For each segment, we will allow 200 people to sit within the BTSU Theatre to observe the talks. Additional attendees can participate in TEDxBGSU by viewing the talks in the BTSU Simulcast Lounge (BTSU 308), across various viewing parties on campus, or via the livestream.
Attendees hoping to watch talks via the theatre must register for the event. Your official TEDxBGSU name tag will be your ticket into the theatre.
A session schedule can be found under the "Speakers" tab.

Interested in volunteering at TEDxBGSU! Register below to volunteer. Volunteers will serve a variety of roles during the event including counting attendance at the theatre, refreshing spaces in between speeches, checking in registered attendees, and more. Interested volunteers are encouraged to indicate their full availability for Wednesday, April 13th on the form; shifts will not exceed three hours.

Register to volunteer at TEDxBGSU!

Science for the Public Good

9:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Lisa Fisher It's Time to Rethink How We Think About Science
Adam Roach Faith in Science-The Pathway for Peace and Prosperity
Chien Tran Phuoc How BGSU Scientists are Empowering our Immune System to Fight Cancer
Tim Ulbrich A Cry for a Financially Well Pharmacist Workforce
Diamond Spratling The Secret to Clean Energy: Addressing The Root Causes of Energy Burden

Belonging for the Public Good

10:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Kristie Foell How far can a language take you?
Gabe Beaver The World Needs You. And The World Needs You To Be You.
Luther Shinew The Color of Privilege
Mikayla Russ Knowing Yourself for the Public Good 
Val Kaba Changing Common Banking Practices in Low-income Communities

Education for the Public Good

12:50 PM - 2:10 PM

Saleha Azmi Children love to learn. But are we providing them the right system for growth?
Sandra Faulkner Intergenerational Connections: The Power of Conversation and Connection Across Age
Will Stafford Reimagining the story of Mary McLeod Bethune and MLK's Dream. 
Lily Rosenberg Sex Education in Ohio: A Crisis Beyond Prevention
Arianna Bustos An Educator in the Margins Creating Classroom Spaces of Resistance

Art for the Public Good

2:40 PM - 4:00 PM

SIR Evans The Unsung Hero of the Creative Economy: Our Creativity is a Public Good
David Bixler Inside the Grief: A White Jazz Musician Re-examines Race Post BLM
Olivia Corner Bringing Books Back From the Brink
Benjamin Hellert How One Woman Single-handedly Changed Percussion Forever.
Matt DeAmon The Hit Machine

A Future for the Public Good

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Mason Manns The Reality of Blockchain and the Explanation You've Been Looking For
Katie Evans Embracing Equity and Reciprocity in Working with Campus Internal and External Partners toward a Public Good
Cortney Smalley The Future Recruitment Industry - Appealing To Covid-Impacted Job Seekers
Jennifer McCary Bound by the Unconscious
Nolan McHugh For Our Future: Why Suffrage Must be Extended to Disenfranchised Youth

About TEDx, 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 in a small group. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

To individuals with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in events by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Updated: 04/06/2022 03:17PM