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

How I learned to draw people of color

Artist Jane Hsi discusses race aesthetics in art and how she made a conscious effort to create more diverse representations in her own artwork.

Jane Hsi is a senior at the University of Oklahoma triple-majoring in Biochemistry, Letters, and Studio Art. Although this seems like a strange combination of majors, Jane enjoys how the diversity of these fields allows her to use both the analytical and creative sides of her brain. Thanks to the incredible dedication and patience of her professors—from both the science and the art departments—Jane has found a passion for art academia and for oil painting. She hopes to continue working with her community and with fellow artists to challenge aesthetic standards in art and society. She is currently curating an exhibition at OU that will showcase artists from around the nation with the theme of the works being the relationship between race and aesthetics. Although she tries to keep herself busy with classes, student organizations, and studio work, Jane does find time to relax by reading a good novel, biking in cold weather, Skyping with her family in China, and speed-napping between class

Rodney Brazil describes why live theatre is vital for communities

In this entertaining talk, experienced thespian Rodney Brazil explains the importance of community theatre and presents a new model to make it more sustainable.

Rodney Brazil is a playwright, actor and director based in Oklahoma City, OK, where he is deeply involved in the local theatre community. Rodney is the co-founder of Next Stage, a theatre group dedicated to developing new plays and providing a more sustainable platform for local theatre artists.

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