How Cover Songs Can Change Your Life

What can cover songs teach about finding your best path forward? Watch Barron Ryan explain how they helped him move past a harsh rejection, and how they can help you too. Barron Ryan has spent his entire career figuring out how to engage audiences with music almost no one listens to. He quickly realized that while classical piano and satirical hip-hop may be tough to sell, everyone loves a great story. Barron earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma, but after getting rejected by all the graduate schools that might impress you, became determined to blaze his own trail with music in which—as he puts it—Classic Meets Cool. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Handle Jerks on Social Media

Did an internet troll ruin your day… again? It’s amazing what people will say on Facebook and Twitter isn’t it?! Social Media maven Emily Sutton is best known for chasing tornadoes as a TV meteorologist, but she’s also made a name for herself wrangling the trolls. Emily offers an informative, hilarious, how-to guide for navigating social media in a world where the trolling can be relentless. Emily Sutton joined the 4Warn Storm Team in 2009 as KFOR’s first female meteorologist. Since distinguishing herself while storm chasing live during the historic May 2013 tornado outbreaks, Sutton continues to cover significant storms firsthand for KFOR-TV. Her storm chasing gained national recognition with footage showcased on CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. KFOR’s team coverage of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado won a National Emmy. She’s been awarded “Best Meteorologist” by local publications in OKC, Norman and Enid. Besides weather, Sutton has had the honor of singing in front of thousands at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track, and Oklahoma City Barons hockey and Thunder basketball games. She crossed the finish line of her first IRONMAN triathlon in 2014 as part of TEAM OKLAHOMA, which raised $200K for “The Go Mitch Go Foundation,” a non-profit raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Sutton and her husband reside in Oklahoma City with their two “fur kids,” Okie and Winnie. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Community & The Possibilities of Music

Singer-songwriter Nick Williams encourages you to think deeper about some of your favorite popular music. In this talk he shares historical examples of songs that have done much more than entertain; they’ve given a voice to underprivileged populations and brought people and cultures together. Nick Williams is a world blender. He is a singer-songwriter, and also currently a student at The University of Oklahoma College of Law. The son of a pilot and an artist, Nick grew up traveling, “culture steeping,” and (after seeing Jack Black’s School of Rock) playing guitar. A graduate of the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma, Nick spent his undergrad years studying media forms of various countries, all the while playing through Box Talent Agency. His music has been licensed by shows such as Bill Nye Saves The World and The Real World, as well as The Discovery Channel, and will be featured at this year’s SXSW Festival. Nick enjoys a cup of oolong tea, sweaters, and the occasional Harry Potter relapse. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.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

 

 

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

Alex Reisner Performs for TEDxOU

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)

Irvin Wagner Plays the Trombone With His Toes

Dr. Irvin L. Wagner is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma where he is holds the distinguished titles of David Ross Boyd and Regents Professor of Music. At the University he teaches trombone as well as serves as Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies. Complimentary to his regular duties at the University he is a trombonist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoys a successful conducting career having served frequently as a guest conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Austin (Texas) Symphony Orchestra where he conducts ballet performances and children’s concerts, and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras around the world that he has conducted include the Russian Imperial Orchestra in St., Petersburg, Russia, the Cannes Symphony Orchestra in France, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe, Argentina.

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)

Brian Haas’ Improv Jazz Piano Performance

Brian Haas is a jazz pianist based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the last 19 years he has toured the world with the award winning Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band he started while a student at The University of Tulsa. He is currently working with drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Costa Stasinopoulos on an album under his own name for Sony Red.

Buck & Clint Vrazel Use Improvisational Rap To Teach The Creative Flow

Twin brothers Buck and Clint Vrazel have been a driving force in the Oklahoma improvisational comedy and theater scene for over a decade. They are co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of OKC Improv, the state’s first professional improv showcase and learning institution, where they currently teach classes to children and adults across the metro and perform with several troupes including their nationally acclaimed duo act Twinprov.

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)

Brine Webb’s Special TEDxOU Performance


Brine Webb wonders what makes life. What makes him alive and what makes him worth keeping alive? His songwriting seems to ask if humanity is a long list of redundancies, what can be done to ensure the nonredundancy of self? Webb wonders where he comes from and he wonders where he is going, but more importantly, he wonders how he lays into the scheme. In his music and his lyrics, one can hear Brine Webb being enthralled by the mystery of life, and as much as he seems to want to solve it and be at ease with it, he seems even more terrified by it.