Speakers from previous TEDxKU Events

(2015: Footprints)

Jameelah Jones

THe Seesaw

Jameelah is the recently appointed Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Student Senate and is a graduate student from Conyers Georgia. She has been an outspoken advocate for social justice within the community. 


Elizabeth Finn

SEx Trafficking in Lawrence

Elizabeth is the founder of the Human Trafficking program at the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter. She has worked with survivors and has even confronted a suspected trafficker. 


Schuyler Kraus

Koch Campus

Schuyler is the President of Students for a Sustainable Future and has been at the fulcrum of National media attention over a donation of the Koch Brothers to KU. 


Don Wagner

THe invasion of the Water-Snatchers

Don is a poet, an organic farmer, and an english teacher. He has been an inspiration to many young minds and continues to be a lover of ideas big and small. 

Videos from TEDxKU 2015

Citing a rare and hard to find speech given by Charles Koch in the 1970s, Schuyler outlays how the Kochs have used their money to influence public thought. Using the University of Kansas as a case study, Schuyler details the larger problems of the corporate influence of higher education.

Jameelah Jones, a self-described "foundational thinker," offers a simple yet compelling metaphor as to how we should view privilege within society and within ourselves. Inspired by the social sphere of the playground, Jameelah compares the dynamics of a See-Saw to the dynamics of oppression.

Through his years of living and farming, Wagner noticed a frightening change in the rolling planes he so loved: they were drying up. Although, Don once canoed down the Wamego River as a child, the water levels are now so low, no one can share the same journey.

There are many misconceptions about what is means to be sex trafficking victim. In her talk, Elizabeth helps to dispel the preconceived notions we may have as well as give a larger picture for what it looks like to be trafficked within our own community, and what we can do to help end this calamity.

Photos from TEDxKU 2015

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