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TEDxSMU Salon 2012 spotlights 'Ideas Worth Spreading'

TEDxSMU Salon was a free, SMU-only mashup of performance, technology and great talks that spotlighted “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Held September 21, 2012, the idea fest featured students, faculty, staff and alumni from SMU's Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts wiin high-energy talks and performances that sparked the imagination. 

Following are videos and related descriptions from the event:

    


Jaquai Wade
Now
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Jaquai is a Detroit native and local Dallas actress/singer. Upon receiving her BFA from the Meadows School of Arts, she pursued a career in proprietary education. After four years, she decided to reestablish her development as an artist. Since then, Jaquai has sung with Dallas local band Cuvee, performed as a narrator/vocalist for the International [...]

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Ryszard Stroynowski – Particle Physics
New World Waits for Discovery
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Born in Lodz, Dr. Stroynowski grew up in Warsaw, Poland. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Geneva while working as a research scientist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. Dr. Stroynowski was a Staff Scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at Caltech. He [...]

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JSpear
Unveil
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally trained as a classical concert pianist for 12 years, JSpear simply got bored playing other people’s music. By embracing his desire to create, he learned how to speak through what he likes to call “Real Myoosk.” JSpear strongly believes that music is another language we can use to express ourselves on completely different levels, [...]

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Isake Akanke Slaughter
My Soul Cries
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Isake brings greetings from Augusta, GA. She is a senior at SMU pursuing her B.F.A. in theatre performance with a focus on acting. After graduation she wants to attend American Repertory Theater or Yale School of Drama to further her professional theatre training. Isake is the recipient of the Meadows Artistic Scholarship. Her latest projects [...]

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Daniel Poku
CauseCakes
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Daniel is a junior at SMU where he has had the privilege of serving as one of the founders of the community service organization, Mustang Heroes. At SMU, Daniel feels humbled that his record of initiative and service has been honored by SMU’s prestigious Hunt Leadership Scholarship. Daniel’s proudest and continuing achievement is a service [...]

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Tammy Nguyen Lee
Starting My Movement
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Tammy is a film/television producer, actor and philanthropist. She graduated from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts with a BA in Cinema and received a MFA from UCLA’s elite Producers Program. Her feature documentary debut, OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM, screened at over a dozen festivals internationally and won two prestigious awards. She [...]

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Katrina Leshan (session two)
Performance
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and her partner [...]

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Katrina Leshan (session one)
Performance
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Originally from Las Vegas, Katrina is in her fourth year at the Meadows School of the Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance and participating in the University’s Honors Program. She studies with world-renowned guitarist Robert Guthrie and gives recitals at SMU each semester. In April 2011, Katrina and her partner [...]

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Lane Johnson
Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer’s
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Lane is a Dallasite, mother, and grandmother, who after a career in the corporate world in human resources has entered SMU’s Counseling Program to pursue her passion; psychology and the aging. She obtained her undergraduate in Psychology from UTD. Besides being driven to learn, Lane loves the outdoors (especially the mountains), and enjoys spending time [...]

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Brandon Lazarus
It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Brandon is a third year Masters of Divinity student at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He currently lives in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer House, which is a new monastic community located in Old East Dallas. He and three other residents live under a rule of life in which they commit to give to their community [...]

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Kevin LaVelle
No = Go
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Kevin just launched his first company: Mizzen+Main. Mizzen+Main does things differently – things others say are impossible. The goal of Mizzen+Main is to bring jobs back to America with quality, style, and superior functionality. The company believes in inspiring others and measures success in ways other than just profit. Mizzen+Main has designed the premier moisture [...]

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Hank Hammett
Opera In and Out of the Box
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Hank is an artist teacher, award-winning director and acting coach who has trained singing actors in the organic fields of music, voice, theatre arts, acting technique, opera, musical theatre and strategic performance skills for over two decades. Hammett has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film, and continues to work at the world’s most [...]

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Rick Halperin
The Current Status of Human Rights
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Rick Halperin is the director of the SMU Embrey Human Rights Education Program. Rick holds degrees from George Washington University, SMU and Auburn University. He has also studied at The Sorbonne in Paris. Rick has held numerous positions of importance in organizations concerned with human rights and social justice. He is a past chair of [...]

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Christian Genco
You Should Learn to Program
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn [...]

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Carl Dorvil
The Four P’s of Success
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Carl grew up in Garland, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in their children the importance of education at an early age. With his parents’ influence, and having developed his own passion for education, in 2004 Dorvil founded a tutoring/mentoring company, Group Excellence. He first started the company out of his dorm room at [...]

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Erin Crosby
The Bridge to Nowhere
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Erin is the communications director for the Center on Communities and Education and also oversees student engagement, collaborating with SMU faculty and students to design civic engagement projects at schools and community organizations in The School Zone, West Dallas. She holds a Master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in [...]

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Kate Canales
Empathy and Innovation
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Kate is the director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering. She has a background in product design, design research and design strategy. Her area of focus is innovation through an understanding of human needs and behavior. Kate has worked as a designer and researcher at IDEO and as a creative [...]

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Christopher Bhatti
Benefit of Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Chris is director of External Affairs and Alumni Relations in the Office of the Dean at SMU’s Simmons School. Prior to SMU, Chris was a science instructor at The Hockaday School for six years. Chris also serves as an executive coach/consultant to Group Excellence, the largest tutoring company in Dallas which works with over 12,000 [...]

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Willie Baronet
Rethinking Home
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Willie is an artist, professor, and life/business coach living in Dallas, TX. For 15 years he owned and managed an advertising design firm, which he sold in 2006. He graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Arts & Technology from UTD. He currently teaches full time in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. Willie has [...]

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Adam A. Anderson
Spoken Word Performance
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Adam is pursuing a BFA in theater with a specialization in acting from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Though currently studying acting, as a child he never thought he would have a future in the arts. Born in Englewood, NJ, his childhood passion was architectural design. But, after moving to Florida and [...]

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Jonathan Wentz
Road to 2012 Paralympics
TEDxSMU Salon 2012

Postscript: Sadly, on September 30, 2012, Jonathan suddenly passed away at just 21 years old, and just two weeks after speaking at TEDxSMU. Our TEDxSMU community grieves the loss of such an incredible individual. Jonathan was first put on a horse at the age of two for physical therapy to combat the affects of cerebral [...]

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