TEDx VanderbiltUniversity is April 18

Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team is hosting the seventh annual TEDxVanderbiltUniversity on Tuesday, April 18. This year’s event will take place in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. After the speakers, there will be a reception and networking opportunities. 

Tickets for in-person attendance are sold out; anyone still requesting tickets will be placed on a waiting list. The event also will be livestreamed on the Vanderbilt YouTube channel.

In the spirit of the TED motto “Ideas worth spreading,” six speakers from the Vanderbilt community will step into the red circle to share their thoughts and experiences with attendees. 

  • Aaditi Lele, a Vanderbilt undergraduate double majoring in political science and climate studies and minoring in Asian studies, will give a talk titled “Your English is so Great, and Other Compliments Immigrants Don’t Want to Hear.”
  • Blythe Corbett, professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology lab, will discuss “Blending Art and Science: A Stage of Hope for Autism.”
  • Alejandra Flores, a Vanderbilt graduate student and part of the Microbe-Host Interactions Program, will discuss the dangers of being a woman in Juarez, Mexico, in her talk titled “I am Done Being Afraid.” 
  • Benjamin Collins, a physician researcher, bioethicist and informatician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will discuss “Navigating the AI Future of Health Care.”
  • Rachel Brewer, a Vanderbilt undergraduate student, will give a talk titled “What the King of American Condiments Can Teach Us About History, Industry and Culture.”   
  • Feylyn Lewis, assistant dean of student affairs at the School of Nursing, will discuss the importance of caregiving in a talk titled “When Children are Society’s Safety Net: A Youth Caregiving Story of Family, Disability and Research.”

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