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I am not a monster: schizophrenia

February 12, 2017

Health Psychology Mental Health Disabilities

Cecilia McGough, Students with Schizophrenia


Reconceptualizing Security

October 21, 2010

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is an internationally-renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.
His first b...

Dwellings for the Digital Nomad

October 21, 2010

Technology Art Design

David Celento,

When choices are either/or, Celento is drawn to both/and. In the face of a new idea, people often ask "why?" while he wonders "why not?" He, like a number of architects and designers, is a bit of a misfit.
Thus, it is little surprise that he and his wife, Rebecca's, firm, Celento Henn Architects an...

A day in the life of an actor

April 11, 2014


Jim Hogan,

What would you sing if you had 4 bars to showcase your skills? Being an actor isn't as glamorous as you think. Jim shows a glimpse of the toils of being an actor in NYC in this funny and revealing talk about the reality of the profession and the competitive auditions that occur on a daily basis to f...

A parkour state of mind

April 25, 2014

Matthew D. Lamb

Dr. Matthew Lamb shows us how the built environment is designed to influence our experiences of city space and how parkour can change our point of view to see things a little differently.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people toge...

The Unexpected Rise of Digital Currency

December 14, 2011

Technology Economics

Eric Mockensturm,

Eric Mockensturm is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Eric's passion for computers and technology is evident through his development of iOS applications such as Polywords. This passion pushed Eric to become more involved in the "mining" of bit coi...

Self-development to Developing Countries

December 12, 2011

Ian Rosenberger

Ian Rosenberger is a former Survivor: Palau contestant and MTV MADE coach. Professionally, he has nearly 10 years of experience studying economic redevelopment in Western and South-Central Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. In 2010, shortly after the Port-au-Prince earthquake, Ian founde...

Transforming Failures Into Success

December 13, 2011


Jack Mattson, Penn State College of Engineering

Jack Matson is a prize-winning innovator who develops courses in innovative design based on "intelligent fast failure." As Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State's College of Engineering, he brings an original and offbeat approach to teaching engin...

A radical experiment in empathy

October 21, 2010

Social Justice Ethics Inequality Culture

Sam Richards,

Sam Richards is a sociologist and award-winning teacher who has been inspiring undergraduate students at Penn State since 1990. Every semester, 725 students register for his Race and Ethnic Relations course, one of the most popular classes at Penn State and the largest of its kind in the country. Th...

Hearing the Unheard

December 06, 2011

Social Justice Education Psychology Disabilities

Dr. Joseph Valente,

Dr. Joseph Valente is involved in comprehensive research in childhood studies, comparative and international education, educational anthropology, deaf studies and disability studies. He is the author of the autobiographical novel and autoethnography, "d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a...


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