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.

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How communities can support teachers through innovative housing solutions

In the 19th century, teachers were often provided free housing in the form of a teacherage. In this talk Gregg Garn discusses innovative ways to modernize this idea for the 21st century and improve quality of life for our communities’ best teachers.

Gregg A. Garn, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma and the executive dir
ector of the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.  He holds the Humphreys Dean’s Chair and the Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professorship. He is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Garn is active in several national organizations, including the Politics of Education Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the American Educational Research Association.  His research agenda centers on school choice, policy development and implementation and the politics of education. He has authored articles in Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of School Leadership and Educational Leadership. He has served as PI or Co-PI on projects overseeing over $40 million in grants from various government and private funders. He has wo

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Doug Gaffin’s Navigation by Deja Vu

Dr. Doug Gaffin takes an in-depth look at how the unique structure of a bee’s eye helps her take in information and successfully navigate her world and how future technologies might use the same method.

Doug Gaffin earned his PhD from Oregon State University in 1994 and joined the OU faculty in 1995. He is a professor in the Department of Biology and former dean of University College. Doug has taught Introductory Zoology to more than 20,000 students throughout his career and is currently teaching honors courses as part of the Presidential Teaching Fellows in Honors Program. He has received the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award from the National Center for the First-Year Experience, the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching, and the David Ross Boyd Professorship. Dr. Gaffin’s research focuses on understanding the special sensory abilities of scorpions and other arthropods. In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, camping, biking, hiking, and playing the banjo.

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

Jacki Bradshaw and What Being a Lesbian and a Sorority President Taught Me About Sisterhood

University of Oklahoma student Jacki Bradshaw shares her story about coming out amidst the heteronormative stereotypes of university Greek life.

My name is Jacki Bradshaw and I am originally from Jenks, Oklahoma. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. What I feel everyone needs to know about me is I love to make people laugh, I am without a doubt an extrovert, and I am obsessed with Game of Thrones.What Being a Lesbian and a Sorority President Taught Me About Sisterhood

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Meg Myers Morgan and Negotiating Your Life

Dr. Meg Myers Morgan has built a successful career as both an author and professor. In this talk she shares advice for women to negotiate their lives based on her experience as both a mother and a graduate school mentor.

Meg is a woman with too little time on her hands to write as though she’s got nothing but time. Even still, she’s written a humorous blog since 2010, and she has been published in print and syndicated online. An Oklahoma native, Meg received her undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Drury University, and her MPA and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Meg lives in Tulsa with her husband and two daughters. She works as an assistant professor of political science and writes feverishly in the minuscule time after her children go to bed and before her nightcap.

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

Jonathan Stalling Explains How Chinese Character Can Change English-Language Education

Jonathan Stalling is an Associate Professor of English at OU specializing in Modern-Contemporary American and East-West Poetics, Comparative Literature, and Translation Studies and is the co-founder and editor of Chinese Literature Today. Over the last 15 years, Stalling has explored the poetics of transliteration and interlanguages (his thesis at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 was entitled “Prefacing the Text: Toward a Transliterational Telos”) and this work led to the publication of Yingelishi and more recently Phonotaxis, but over the last several years this preoccupation has led to larger projects on accents in language as epistemic space and on radical new paradigms of ESL pedagogy.

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David Ray Wants to Define a College Education

University of Oklahoma professor, David Ray, asks what is a college education? Does everyone need one?

David Ray joined the OU faculty in 1992, after teaching for 14 years at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and before that 3 years at Boston College. Ray received his BA cum laude from Yale (1967), and his MA and PhD from Stanford (1969, 1978) in political science. He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971. At OU, he has taught Honors courses almost every semester, but also large lecture sections of the required Gen Ed American government course — Ray typically has taught about 900 students per year in 3 or 4 classes per semester. He also supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Department of Political Science and administered a program in teacher training for the Department’s GTAs. At Georgia Tech, he received the University Award for Teacher of the Year and the IFC (Inter-fraternity Council) Outstanding Teacher Award.

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)

Michael Benko’s Plan to Mentor the Next Generation

Featured on ABC, NBC, and Fox news affiliates Michael Benko is the co-founder of the Amazon Best Selling team the Student Success Academy. Michael’s focus is to empower the next generation of students through providing personalized education within a creative framework for students to flourish. Since the start of the Student Success Academy in 2011 Michael has consulted high school students across three different states and worked with five different universities. His vision is to maximize the potential and increase the chances of success for every individual that comes into contact with the Student Success Academy.

David Burkus On Why Great Ideas Get Rejected

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity. David Burkus shares the good news that there actually is something we can do about it.

David Burkus is Assistant Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. He is the author of the forthcoming book Myths of Creativity to be published in Fall 2013.

Paul Risser Warns On The Dangers Of Fragmentation

Dr. Paul G. Risser’s primary research interests have included the study of the structure and function of grassland and forest ecosystems; environmental planning and management; landscape ecology and global change. He is the chair and chief operating officer of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet. Previously Risser was the chief executive officer (Chancellor) for The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Before assuming the Oklahoma Chancellor position, Risser was President of Oregon State University, as well as President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.