Tuesday, February 25, 2014
TEDx Conference brings thought leaders from various fields together
In the spirit of spreading ideas, spurring dialogue and sharing knowledge, Oakland University will host its first-ever TEDx Conference. Along with a number of educational exhibits, the event will offer presentations from experts in a variety of fields.
Featured speakers all have local and regional ties, and some have OU connections. Brandon Bernier is the DoIT director of User Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and formerly served as director of OU’s Student Technology Center. Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., is a professor of engineering at OU and Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., teaches sociology at OU. Dr. Orbuch’s research on couples and relationships has earned her the nickname “The Love Doctor.” Other featured speakers are Rod Rock, Ph.D., superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools, and Jenenne Whitfield, director of the Heidelberg Project, an arts-inspired housing initiative in Detroit.
Also speaking at the event are Amy Butler, director of OU INC; Graeme Harper, dean of OU’s Honors College; Richard Stamps, emeritus professor of Anthropology at OU; Eldridge Alexander, TechStop engineer at Google; and Charlie Wollborg, chief troublemaker at Curve Detroit and curator at TEDxDetroit.
Launched in 1984, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and has hosted conferences with leading experts around the world. TEDx events are independently organized to promote intellectual exchange on a community level.
The Oakland University TEDx Conference is sponsored by the TEDx Oakland University Student Organization, OU School of Business Administration, OU College of Arts and Sciences, OU School of Engineering and Computer Science, OU Student Congress, OU Student Program Board, Association for Computing Machinery at OU and Association for Information Systems Student Organization at OU.