TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," started as a conference in California 26 years ago. TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. The theme of this year's TEDx program is, "From Present to Future."

TEDxQuinnipiacU 2014 is a student-initiated, collaborative project aimed at showcasing innovative ideas being discussed by the University community. The following presentations were recorded April 27, 2014, at Quinnipiac.

Hip Hop and Altruism - Kevin Barry

Through law and rhyme, and with visits to Charles Darwin's Galapagos Islands and DJ Kool Herc's South Bronx, Kevin Barry examines why Hip Hop can be a catalyst for answering Dr. Martin Luther King's call, the blueprint for making altruism unduly frequent, even excessive. Barry is an emcee, public interest lawyer, and professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law. 

Kathy Cooke
How We Don't Know and How Not Knowing Can Make Us Better People - Kathy Cooke
We often experience the feeling that we know, and very often we are simply wrong. Kathy J. Cooke explores recent science about the ways in which people often don't, or can't, know. She suggests that a little undermining of individual confidence in his or her feelings of certainty will lead to greater compassion, better education, and a more robust social and political structure.

Cooke is professor of history and founding director of the University Honors Program at Quinnipiac University. Her recent academic work on the history of eugenics and race betterment movements in the United States is supported by the National Science Foundation. She has held post-doctoral positions at Caltech and Yale University, and research fellowships at Cornell and the American Philosophical Society.

An Actor's Guide to Real Life - Timothy Deenihan
Timothy Deenihan describes techniques he uses as an actor in his quest for being 'in the moment' and considers the ways in which they are vital to us all. Deenihan is a professional actor, writer, and trainer, with over two decades in the industry, both in the U.S. and in the UK and Ireland. He teaches part-time at Quinnipiac University. His work has been recognized for the Critic's Choice by both the New York Times and Time Out: New York as well as having earned him a Best Actor Nomination for his role in the UK series, Brookside.

Don't Bug Out: Challenging Food Taboos -  Lucy Freeman and Jirina Fargeorge 
Entomophagy - eating insects - has recently been gaining momentum in the US and Europe as an environmentally friendly and healthy "micro crop" for sustainable farming. However, it is a taboo to eat insects in these parts of the world. In this talk, Quinnipiac students Lucy Freeman and Jirina Fargeorge challenge us to think about current and future food practices.

This talk is produced collaboratively by the students of Anthropology 300: Ancient Food for Thought, a course that explores food customs across time and space. The producing team comprises 19 students ranging from sophomores to seniors, and representing majors from the social sciences, humanities, health sciences and communications. 

Living with ADHD in the Age of Information and Social Media - Theo Siggelakis
A personal understanding of ADHD is an enlightening source of understanding what it is to live in a hyperlink-enriched world of information. Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and similar media create a highly multifaceted, multidirectional information environment well suited to the ADHD mind.

Theodore Siggelakis is a 2014 graduate of Quinnipiac University. He designed his own major in Public Policy Analysis, combining courses from English, political science and sociology. He has been active in Quinnipiac's Student Government, has interned for multiple political campaigns and is now campaign manager for a state senate campaign in New Hampshire. 

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