Restless Hearts of Suburban Oklahoma

This original spoken word poem by Oklahoma poet Nick McLellan encourages audience members to make their home state a place worth staying by telling its stories.

Nick McLellan is a slam poet living in Norman, Oklahoma who aspires to make poetry a little more silly. He has represented Oklahoma at multiple national poetry slams and calls the Red Dirt Home for Wayward Poets his home.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

An ocean poem

In this original spoken word poem, Victoria describes unique traits that different deep sea creatures have evolved in order to make a place for themselves in the massive depths of the ocean.

As a spoken word artist and performance poet, Isabel Victoria Bautista holds words to a high standard. For the last seven years, she has used poetry and humor to explore and explain a variety of social, political and personal issues that would be difficult to discuss otherwise. She was Oklahoma’s representative to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam and has competed on the Oklahoma City Red Dirt Poetry slam team at several regional tournaments. She has one chapbook of poetry titled, Take Your Shoes Off at the Front Door. She regularly performs both spoken word and stand-up comedy at venues around Oklahoma City. Victoria is a second-year law student with hopes of working as a human rights attorney.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Thoughts, feelings, and confessions of a sports uniforms geek

In this whimsical talk, self-proclaimed uniforms geek Trayton Miller compares and contrasts famous team uniforms from across the decades to describe what ultimately makes a great sports uniform.

Trayton Miller is a junior at the University of Oklahoma hailing from West Columbia, South Carolina. An advertising major, Trayton is involved with Lindsey+Asp, OU’s student-run ad agency, doing creative work and graphic designing. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to ska music, watching sports for the uniforms, petting cats, and getting emotionally invested in soccer matches only to be let down.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

A Violin Performance from Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid creates an ethereal performance using violin, modulation, and loop pedals.

Sarah has been playing the violin for sixteen years. She attended the University of Oklahoma as a violin performance major and now calls Norman, OK home. She loves to write music and play solo gigs in addition to joining other local musicians whenever she can. She makes music using violin, guitar, synthesizer, vocals, and a loop station. Sarah is also a baker and loves taking walks with her dog, Jesse.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Transitioning people out of homelessness one issue at a time

Ranya O’Connor tells her story of starting a street paper to help transition people out of homelessness. She discusses how singular actions and interactions can help chip away at even our biggest societal issues.

Ranya Forgotson O’Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Prophetic stories of freedom: Connecting hip-hop and higher education

Lauren Whiteman discusses how she uses hip-hop pedagogy to motivate Black and African American students in higher education to succeed in college and aspire to greatness.

Lauren Whiteman, M.Ed., is originally from Dallas, Texas and received both her Bachelors in Public Relations and her Masters in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. She served as Assistant Director of Student Life and the Coordinator for African American Student Programs and Services at OU, and now serves as Student Services Coordinator for the Multicultural Center at the University of North Texas. Her work focuses on advocacy, student development, and the miseducation of Black and African American students in higher education. Lauren has also written on some serious and not-so-serious topics related to Black culture for different media outlets, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Bollywood’s impact on the patriarchal society in India

Rijutha & Shreya discuss the portrayal of women in Bollywood films and how it may be affecting day-to-day life for women in India.

Rijutha Garimella is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science & Chemistry. She hopes to be a part of the medical world one day, but also hopes to fuel her curious spirit by learning about the world around her. Rijutha strives to make an impact on the community and is involved with Class Council, Student Alumni Association, and the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth on campus. In her free time, you can find Rijutha cooking for her family and friends, dancing, or reading. She loves making people laugh, aspires to travel the world, and learn as many languages as possible.

Shreya is an undergraduate senior at the University of Oklahoma studying Economics and Computer Science. Through her studies at OU, she has found an interest in social inequalities in non-Western countries. As a first-generation Indian immigrant, she has a passion for revealing social and gender issues regarding her own homeland which has led her to underta

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

 

 

Transitioning people out of homelessness one issue at a time

Ranya O’Connor tells her story of starting a street paper to help transition people out of homelessness. She discusses how singular actions and interactions can help chip away at even our biggest societal issues.

Ranya Forgotson O’Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Virtual reality as a tool for fighting addiction

Ken Stoner is a curious lawyer in the unlikely role of innovating in the area of treatment of drug addiction. Upon graduation from law school his desire to improve the community influenced his choice to work as a criminal prosecutor. While there, he first began to understand the enormous impact that addiction has as an underlying factor driving the majority of criminal activity and many other social problems. Once he left the District Attorney’s Office and began private practice he engaged in the front line work of assisting those with battling addiction. Discouraged by the fact that for many people even our best treatment models are ineffective in the short term, Ken co-founded shift+groove to dig deeply into the latest discoveries in neuroscience and brain health. Shift+groove is integrating the emerging technology of virtual reality with the ancient practice of mindfulness to help us treat addiction.

Ken graduated from the of OU College of Law with highest honors. He is a sixth generation Oklahoman and a proud member of the Cherokee tribe. He is even more proud of his charming wife and three sons. Ken is a self-professed “TED Geek” having watched nearly 750 TED Talks and was the founder/curator of TEDxOKC in 2011. Talk to him about meditation, Thailand, longboarding and Adventure Racing.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

How I convince people that I’m funny (even though I’m actually not)

In this talk EB McCready shares some of the physiology and neuroscience behind smiling and how a simple smile can influence your social interactions.

EB McCready is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing dual degrees in advertising and management. During her time at OU she has discovered a passion for nonprofits and politics thanks to her involvement with The Oklahoma Group and Student Government Association. She actively tries to fill any free time that she has with new activities and campus organizations, but when she does relax, she enjoys cooking for her friends. EB loves to make people smile and learn from everyone she encounters.