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TEDxBGSU takes place Thursday, March 21, and features ideas worth sharing from BGSU students, faculty and staff and community members.

BGSU welcoming ideas worth sharing with 2024 TEDxBGSU speaker series

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The daylong speaker series will reflect the University's commitment to creating public good through the Life Design mindsets

Bowling Green State University is once again welcoming speakers and audiences to TEDxBGSU, an independently organized TED event, on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lenhart Grand Ballroom.

Reflecting the BGSU mission as a public university for the public good, this year's theme is "For the Public Good" and aims to amplify the voices of students, faculty, staff and community members, sharing new ideas and inspiring change.

The event will feature 20 inspiring talks focused on five of the six design-thinking mindsets found in the BGSU Life Design program: Be Curious, Collaboration, Reframe, Take Action, and Share Your Story.

Registration for the event is open and the public is encouraged to register and join BGSU for a day of thought-provoking discussions and ideas worth sharing.

Speakers and their respective topics for TEDxBGSU 2024 are:


Be Curious (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

  • Samson Akanni, graduate student: “Frídọ̀mù Kọ̀nìfáìndì: A Way to Heal Yourself and Excel in Whatever You Do”
  • Hoang Do, graduate student and staff member: “Cultural Curiosity? Yes Please!”
  • Jonathan Kershaw, faculty member: “What Potlucks Teach Us About Food Sustainability”
  • Olga Mack, friend of BGSU: “Putting the Heart in AI: How a Supervision Framework Says I Care”

Collaboration (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

  • Oluwadamilare Adeyeri, friend of BGSU: “How to Boost Your Mood, Energy, and Productivity”
  • Marissa Evans, graduate student: “The Art of Generative Listening”
  • Theresa Haskins, friend of BGSU: “The Neuro-Inclusion Revolution”
  • Steve Russell, associate vice president of Corporate Partnerships at BGSU: “Who do you want to give flowers to?”
TEDxBGSU 2024 speakers - 3

Reframe (2-3 p.m.)

  • Sara Chambers, alumna: “Death is Not a Dirty Word”
  • Jacqueline Hudson, alumna and faculty member: “My Country 'Tis of Thee: Black History (and Culture) is American History (and Culture)”
  • Malik Jarrell-Miller, undergraduate student: “Dreaming Big: Embracing Your Vision in a Content Society”
  • Brian Lovins, friend of BGSU: “Referee versus Coach: How Might Taking a Different Approach Change Our Criminal Justice System”
TEDxBGSU 2024 speakers - 4

Take Action (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

  • Madisyn Beare-Jones, undergraduate student: “Same Classroom, Different Experiences: How Deaf Students are Being Left Behind”
  • Calen Gray, undergraduate student: “Delete Parking Lots: Save Time, Lives, and Money”
  • Jiyoung Jung, friend of BGSU: “The Teeth are a Gateway to your Well-Being”
  • Brandon Long, graduate student: “Dehumanizing Beneficence, AI Implementation in the Legal System”
TEDxBGSU 2024 speakers - 5

Share Your Story (5-6 p.m.)

  • Briyanna Moore, undergraduate student: “Teaching in South Korea: Exploring the Unspoken Narrative of Korean Teacher, Student, and Parent Relationships”
  • Caleb Danielak, graduate student: “The Roles We Play”
  • Quan Le, graduate student: “How to Belong When You’re the Odd One Out”
  • Chief Ife Bell, graduate student: “Leadership Unleashed: Find Your Inner Chief”

TEDxBGSU 2024 is presented by the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Geoffrey H. Radbill Center for College and Life Design and the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections.

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Media Contact | Michael Bratton | mbratto@bgsu.edu | 419-372-6349

Updated: 03/26/2024 08:37AM