NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

 

APRIL 12 CUMMINGS ARTS CENTER CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 

 

From deep sea to deep space, with everything in between.

 

Speakers for TEDxConnecticutCollege 2014 have been selected from all over the world. Starting with the resources on this campus, from the alumni community, and beyond, the speaker roster for “Not All Who Wander are Lost” represents a breadth of experience, research, and opinion that will lead everybody in attendance to share in a day of collective learning and challenging.

 

This year’s speakers for TEDxConnecticutCollege include: Underwater Archaeologist and discoverer of the Titanic ruins Robert Ballard; Genetecist and major contributor to the Human Genome Project, Spencer Wells; Photographers and artists Julia Cybularz and Cesar Lechowick; International Journalist and Reporter Gianni Riotta; LGBTQ Adventurer-Activitist Cason Crane; Dancer and choreographer Morgan Griffin ‘12; NASA Astrophysicist and cosmologist Harvey Moseley ‘72; Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator at the US Department of Homeland Security John Cohen ‘83; Entrepreneur and Executive Director of MPIL Steel Structures Ltd., Priyanka Gupta ‘06; Professor of Anthropology, Catherine Benoit; Professor of Psychogology, Stuart Vyse; Professor of English Courtney Baker; Professor of Government, MaryAnne Borrelli; Professor of Anthropology, Anthony Graesh and student of Anthropology, Tim Hartshorn ’14; Musician Andrew Stein-Zeller ‘14 and Dancer Aaron Davis ‘14; Student and optimist Mia Haas-Goldberg ‘16; Student of International Relations, Conor McCormick-Cavanagh ‘14; Ted Steinberg ‘16, and photographer Mike Wipper ‘17.

 

TICKETS

 

$15 PER ATTENDEE 

 

Ticket entitles one attendee to admission of TEDxConnecticutCollege 2014 event, including catered breakfast, lunch, snacks, wine and cheese reception (only 21+ may drink alcohol), and more. Limited amount of tickets will be sold online, remaining batch will be sold on campus following Spring Break.

 

Group discounts do not apply.Tickets are non-refundable.

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ROBERT BALLARD

 

Underwater Archaeologist

 

A former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. Ballard leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus. Ballard is also a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

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SPENCER WELLS

 

Geneticist

 

 

 

 

A geneticist and an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, and Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ‘56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project which contributes invaluable research to the international scientific community’s Human Genome Project.

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JULIA CYBULARZ & CESAR LECHOWICK

 

Photographers

 

 

 

Julia Cybularz’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her photography and video work including an Aaron Siskin Memorial Scholarship as well as the School of Visual Arts’ alumni scholarship. Her work has been recently selected for publication in American Photo 23, PDN, and Critical Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cesar Lechowick’s work has been exhibited and published nationally. He is a winner of the Flash Forward Magenta Publishing award, a finalist at the New York Photo Festival, received an honorable mention in the Daylight Photo Awards for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, selected for the national juried show Aground juried by Karen Irvine of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago at Photo Center Northwest, and received an Aaron Siskind Memorial Grant.

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CASON CRANE

 

Adventurer-Activist

 

Cason Crane is currently climbing seven of the world’s highest mountains to raise money and awareness for The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention service for LGBTQ youth, in an initiative called The Rainbow Summits Project. In the past, he has volunteered at orphanages in China and Ethiopia, worked in a drug rehabilitation center in Thailand, helped to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka, and sought to bring alternative energy to Haiti. He has also interned for various Middle Eastern non-profits, namely the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Shatil – An Initiative of the New Israel Fund (NIF).

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GIANNI RIOTTA

 

International Journalist and Reporter

 

Gianni Riotta is an Italian journalist, a regular contributor for the daily newspaper La Stampa and a former Editor-in-Chief of the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and the news bulletin TG1. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. Riotta sits on the Advisory Council of the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University and collaborates with IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2013. Riotta is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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MORGAN GRIFFIN ‘12

 

Dancer and Choreographer

 

Morgan Griffin has performed in works choreographed by David Dorfman, Robyne Watkins, Heidi Henderson, Lisa Race, Adele Myers, and Shani Collins-Achille. Morgan has also presented her own work, “L. Bo”, in the informal concert at the American College Dance Festival Association, for which Morgan was featured as a choreographer on CPTV’s “Spotlight on the Arts”. She has presented her work “Last Chance for Bronze” at RAW Artists in Brooklyn, The Figment Festival on Governor’s Island, and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.

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HARVEY MOSELEY ‘72

 

Astrophysicist and Cosmologist

 

Harvey Moseley is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and has made extraordinary contributions to the scientific community’s fundamental understanding of the universe. His research has been used in collecting information and imaging of of various phenomena such as Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, dark matter, and other events.

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JOHN COHEN ‘83

 

Counterterrorism Deputy

 

John D. Cohen currently serves as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the senior career official within the office, Mr. Cohen serves as the chief operating officer responsible for the gathering, analysis and dissemination of intelligence information. He also oversees the development and implementation of Department-wide counterterrorism operational activities and programs, to include those associated with the detection and prevention of, response to, and recovery from acts of terrorism in the United States.

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PRIYANKA GUPTA ‘06

 

Entrepreneur

 

Executive Director of MPIL Steel Structure Ltd. based in India, Priyanka Gupta was honored with the Indian Economic Times’ Woman of the Year award in 2012. Gupta is one of India’s most succesful young businesswoman, whose steel enterprise is dedicated to improving resource and energy efficiency in construction as it meets the building demands of India’s private and public infrastructure.

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MARYANNE BORRELLI

 

Professor of Government

 

MaryAnne Borrelli is a Professor of Government and is a fellow with the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning. She has participated as a professional consultant in the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia; and in the Presidential Transition Project, which advised the transition teams of George W. Bush. She has received numerous fellowships and grants, awarded by such organizations as the Scowcroft Institute (2011), the Herbert Hoover Foundation (2005-06) and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation (2004). Borrelli is the author of two books, The Politics of the President’s Wife (2011), The President’s Cabinet: Gender, Power and Representation (2002).

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STUART VYSE

 

Professor of Psychology

 

Stuart Vyse is the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College and an expert on irrational behavior. His first book, Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, won the William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association. His most recent book, Going Broke: Why Americans Can’t Hold On To Their Money, is an analysis of the current epidemic of personal debt. A new edition of Believing in Magic was published in time for the superstitious year of 2013. In addition, Professor Vyse has published opinion pieces in a variety of publications and blogs sporadically for Psychology Today.

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COURTNEY BAKER

 

Professor of English

 

Courtney Baker teaches courses in visual culture, critical theory, film and African-American literature.She obtained her Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University and her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Harvard University. Her book, “Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African-American Suffering and Death,” is forthcoming from the New Black Studies series at University of Illinois Press. Her other research projects involve race and documentary film, the novels of Toni Morrison, and W. E. B. DuBois’s application of German Romantic aesthetic philosophy to African-American life and letters.

CATHERINE BENOIT

 

Professor of Anthropology

 

Catherine Benoît is a Professor of Anthropology and a Research affiliate with the University of Antilles-Guyane. Professor Benoit’s research projects have developed in two directions. First, she explores the emergence and construction of individual and collective identities in the Caribbean in relation to the bodily experience of space and nature. Second, she examines immigration issues and border reinforcement in the Caribbean. Benoit has been a post-doctoral fellow at the African American Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley; Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University; and at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, at Yale University. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Agence nationale de recherche sur le Sida, Fondation pour la recherche médicale, and UNESCO.

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ANTHONY GRAESCH & TIM HARTSHORN ‘14

 

Professor and Student of Anthropology

 

Anthony P. Graesch is a four-field-trained anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on the archaeology of North America, including the study of aboriginal and colonizing societies in both past and present settings, as well as anthropological studies of modern material culture. He is an ardent supporter of cross-disciplinary and mixed-methods approaches in the social sciences, particularly those that illuminate the role of objects and built space in the shaping of everyday experience.

 

Tim Hartshorn is a student of Anthropology and Literatures in English. He is currently writing two senior honors theses, one in poetry, and the other based on a year-long ethnographic research project concerning the potential of New London drinking establishments to function as “manufactured communities.” For two and a half years, he has also been conducting ethnoarchaeological research on cigarette-smoking as a designation of social group identity alongside Professor Anthony Graesch.

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MIA HAAS-GOLDBERG ‘16

 

Student and Optimist

 

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ANDREW STEIN-ZELLER ‘14 &

AARON DAVIS ‘14

 

Musician and Dancer

 

 

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CONOR McCORMICK-CAVANAGH ‘14

 

Student of International Relations

 

 

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TED STEINBERG ‘16

 

Sports Enthusiast

 

 

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MIKE WIPPER ‘17

 

Photographer