All TEDxUCLA Videos

Matthew Abrahamson : Opening New Worlds with Space Navigation

Matthew Abrahamson talks about the importance of precise navigation in the process of exploration and discovery. He is a Navigation and Mission Design Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.

Claudia Aguirre : The Hidden Brain in Your Skin

We have all heard of the phrase “beauty is skin deep”, suggesting skin has a rather superficial role in who we are. But what if that is not true? Claudia Aguirre tells us about the “hidden brain” in our skin and the surprising things it reveals about our mental health.

Azure Antoinette : Spoken Word Performance

Azure Antoinette performs a 4 minute spoken word for TEDxUCLA

Rory Aronson : Open-Source Automated Precision Farming

Rory Aronson talks about an innovative idea that can change the entire farming industry. He is a mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur working to help solve big social and environmental challenges. Currently he is focused on FarmBot, humanity’s open-source automated precision farming machine, and OpenFarm, a free and open database for farming and gardening knowledge.

Laura Bates : Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature

Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is a professor of English at Indiana State University, where she has taught courses on Shakespeare for the past fifteen years to students on campus and in prison.
For more than 25 years she has worked in prisons as a volunteer and as a professor. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up.

Alex Benepe : The Emergence of Real-Life Quidditch

Alex Benepe talks about the emergence of a fictional sport into a national real life sport. Alex has led the growth of quidditch from a dozen students who first adapted the game from the books so they could play on a field behind their dorm in 2005, to its current roster today of more than 200 teams, 4,000 dues-paying registered players, and millions of fans globally.

Andrew Byrom : If ‘H’ is a Chair

Graphic and type designer Andrew Byrom is on Faculty at Cal State Long Beach and teaches design classes at UCLA Extension. Here Byrom talks about the typography he sees in everyday objects.

Christoph Bull : Open Up to the Organ

Accompanying Christoph will be singers Juliana Gondek, Vladimir Chernov, Alexys Tiscareno, Briana Gantsweg, and Jasmine Jones as well as live painter Norton Wisdom.
Christoph Bull is a concert organist, pianist, composer and singer-songwriter who has performed around the world at venues ranging from the Catholic Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis, Salzburg and Los Angeles to concert halls such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Lincoln Center in New York City to rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky A Go Go.

Christoph Bull & Norton Wisdom : Music and Art Performance

Christoph Bull performs on the organ while Norton Wisdom does an improvisational painting describing the feelings of the music.

Jorge Cham : The Science Gap

What is The Science Gap? Jorge will explore the public perception of scientists and academics.
Jorge Cham is the creator of the online comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)” as well as the video channel PHD-TV. Born and raised in the Republic of Panama, he obtained his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech before becoming a full-time cartoonist.

Alma Cielo : Improvisational Violin Performance & Thoughts on the Theme

Alma Cielo performs on the violin and reflects on the TEDxUCLA theme.

Heidi Duckler : Radical Dance in Everyday Places

Heidi Duckler choreographs dance art pieces that are performed in completely unexpected places. In this talk you get a glimpse of the purpose and beauty of this art form.

David Feinberg : One Patient at a Time

David Feinberg, CEO of he UCLA Hospital Systems, talks about healing humankind one patient at a time.

Bobby Gadda : How Do You Get Off That Thing?

Bobby Gadda is a bicycle activist and interactive performance artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. For the last three months he has been touring on a tall bike from Vancouver BC all the way back to LA.
He co-founded and is board president of CicLAvia, L.A.’s premiere car-free happening. Bobby volunteers at the Bicycle Kitchen community bike project and works at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
(LACBC) as a program coordinator. Bobby is passionate about car-free living and believes that bicycles are a very practical and fun way to get around! Bobby lives at the Los Angeles Eco-Village and keeps bees on the roof.

David Gere : Sex Squad

David Gere, Ph.D., is director of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center and is a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, where he teaches courses in arts activism. In 2004, Gere founded MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, an international network of artists intervening in the AIDS epidemic, and since 2007 has co-directed Through Positive Eyes, an internationally recognized participatory photography project created by people living with HIV and AIDS.

David Glanzman : Retain a Record of Our Past Experience?

David Glanzman talks about the processes our brains use to retain as well as forget memories. Can these processes be manipulated to choose which memories are remembered and which ones are forgotten? David Glanzman is a Full Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, as well as in the Department of Neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Duff Goldman : Cakes, Innovation, and Making Awesome Stuff Without Knowing How

Typically, when you set up a new business, you hire people in your professional space, and work hard to excel in that area. Duff Goldman has a different approach and thinks about his profession in no such way.
Duff Goldman is a Pastry Chef and Reality Television Star on Food Network.

Joan Hanawi : Unlocking the potential of your stories

Telling stories is one of the most magical and powerful things about being human. Many would say it is a core to what makes us human. Joan Hanawi shares her story and talks about how she plans to use story telling to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Joan Hanawi is a UCLA Undergrad Student and founder of Nova Narratives. Nova Narratives aims to create a tangible way for global citizens to make an impact in the lives of nconspicuous people through story telling.

Harry Hellenbrand : Mapping and Mending the American Way

Harry Hellenbrand, Cal State University Provost, talks about mapping and mending the American mind

Scott Hindell : Do You Have Something in Mind?

C. Scott Hindell is a value innovation consultant who is fascinated with value and its situational meanings. He has taught at UCLA Extension in the areas of design, business & management and instructor development since 2001. He is Principal of Hindell Consulting, a user-centered concept and strategy development firm.

Jeanne Holm : Open Data Changes Lives

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov, Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data.

Tania Israel : Bisexuality and beyond

Binary systems are so easy for us humans and for that matter computers. The problem is it leaves lots of things out, and in leaving lots of things out, lots of opportunities and understandings are missed. Tania Israel takes us to a non-binary world while she talks about her idea of sexuality.

Rachel Kann : Prayer & Invocation

Rachel Kann’s writing (poetry and fiction) appears most recently in Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, Quiddity, and Lalitamba. She also appears in anthologies such as Word Warriors from Seal Press, His Rib from Penmanship Press, and Knocking at the Door from Birch Bench Press.

Yoh Kawano : Can Twitter Save Lives?

Yoh Kawano talks about the crisis in Japan and the role of social media and twitter

Thomas Kosakowski : Ombuds – an Emerging Resource for Organizational Conflict

Thomas Kosakowski talks about a new resource to work with people in conflict. Tom currently serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Ombuds Services at UCLA.

Eve Lahijani : Trust your hunger and make peace with food

Learning to listen to yourself and trust yourself can be very difficult for some people. Eve Lahijani talks to us about the importance of learning to do so especially when it comes to our hunger and diet.

Laurie Levenson : A Better Way to Teach Law School

What if all lawyers had a chance to experience the legal system as the unjustly accused do?
Laurie L. Levenson, is a Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow, the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy, and Director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at Loyola Law School. She teaches evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, anti-terrorism, and white collar crime. She served as Loyola’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1996-1999. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Levenson is also the Director of the Loyola Center for Ethical Advocacy. Professor Levenson was the 2003 recipient of Professor of the Year from both Loyola Law School and the Federal Judicial Center.

Rachel Langosch : Smiles Behind the Camera

Rachel Langosch: Photography instructor, KIPP school. Rachel does a short talk on how she became the photography instructor at a school lacking cameras.

Karen Lauritson : Libraries Can Be Loud

Karen Lauritsen develops public programs and communications for the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has an MA in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from The Second City. She is currently writing a collection of stories about being a third culture kid.

Andy Lipkis : Trees: The superheroes we’ve been waiting for

When is the last time you stopped and really looked at a tree? Sometimes the things we see everyday lose their profound importance as they seem so commonplace, ordinary, already understood. Andy Lipkis has dedicated his life to trees, and talks about the extraordinary, and untapped power of the tree.

Martin Loeffler : The Social Change Agent Factory

Martin Loeffler talks about the business of creating social change and the agents who are involved in the process.

Antonio Lysy & Garreth Walsh : Pampas: A Land without Shadows

Cellist Antonio Lysy has performed as soloist worldwide, in major concert halls, appearing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, and in Canada with the Montreal, Toronto, Symphony Orchestras, and Les Violons du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Sandor Vegh.

Gareth Walsh is a conceptual artist from the UK working at the intersections of art, cinema, technology and physical space. His artwork questions the boundaries of perceived reality, and focuses on the illusionary properties developed through the manipulation and recombination of its parts.

John Maceri : Can Homelessness be Solved?

John Maceri talks about an issue that is lingering across the US that unfortunately fails to be addressed on a daily basis. He reminds us that there is indeed something that can be done to help alleviate this issue and get our citizens off the streets.
John Maceri is the Executive Director of OPCC, a nonprofit social service agency based in Santa Monica. OPCC provides a wide variety of housing and services through its ten projects serving low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, at-risk youth and people living with mental illness.

Lisa Marr & Paolo Davanzo : The Sound We See

Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr are filmmakers/musicians/writers/educators whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change. They travel the world, bringing movies and music to the masses.

Emeran Mayer : The mysterious origins of gut feelings

Emeran Mayer provides us with a talk that will take us on a deep dive of science and researched observation concerning the gut.
He is a Digestive Diseases Specialist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Cameron McNall : Designing Responsive Environments

Spaces that transform our idea of architecture.
Cameron McNall is the Principal of Electroland LLC. The scope of his work is wide, encompassing architecture, sculpture, film, sound, multi-media and installation art. He co-formed Electroland with Damon Seeley to explore how technology can connect people to their world and to each other in new and exciting ways.

Rebecca Mendez : Circumpolar

TEDxUCLA speaker Rebeca Méndez speaks about her project, Circumpolar, which follows the Arctic Tern, a small sea bird that flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again each year, always chasing the summer, which makes it the one creature on earth that receives the most day light in its lifetime.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz : Not Uniquely Human

Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., has been an attending cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center since 1994. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Professor of Medicine for the UCLA Division of Cardiology where she is actively involved in medical education and lectures regularly at the medical student, residency and fellowship levels.

Michael Newman : Sketches Gone Awry

Michael Newman builds and interacts with the audience with and SMS controlled, arduino powered, interactive audience gaming system featuring a fully automatic nerf machine gun.

Kamil Oshundara X : Spoken word, shaping space

We humans are highly social, and constantly communicate with each other. But how could we do this differently? How could we do this with more impact? And how do you speak your truth? Kamila Oshundara X shows us the power of spoken word poetry.

Susan Packard : Whose am I?

We make decisions every day but do you ever wonder about the impact of your decisions on those beyond yourself? Susan Packard gives an excellent talk on considering everyone in our life while making decisions.

David Preston : Open Source Learning

David Preston holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Science. He has taught at universities and graduate institutes and consulted on matters of learning and organizational development for 20 years. For the past seven years, David has also taught English for students of all ability levels in grades 9-12 in Los Angeles and on California’s central coast.

John Pryor : How to Make College Better, and Why We Need To

John Pryor talks about why he believes College Education could be better and what needs to be done to make it that way. He is a higher education professional with over 25 years of experience in using research findings to help improve the college experience.

Carly Rogers : Surfing: Infinite Possibilities to Heal

Carly Rogers talks about her work as an ocean lifeguard, occupational therapist and surfer utilizing surfing as a therapeutic medium to heal.

Leonard Rome : Vaults

Leonard Rome, Ph.D., talks about turning a common household item into a therapeutic delivery system, also known as “Vaults”.

Leonard Rome is the Associate Director, California NanoSystems Institute
Professor, Biological Chemistry, Senior Associate Dean for Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Director for Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Member, ACCESS Program: Dept. of Biological Chemistry, Brain Research Institute.

Amy Rowat : The Molecules We Eat

Amy Rowat is Assistant Professor at in the UCLA Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and member of the UCLA Bioengineering Department, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Business of Science Center, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, and Center for Biological Physics. Rowat completed her training at Mount Allison University, Canada (B.Sc. Honors Physics; B.A. Asian Studies, French, & Math), the Technical University of Denmark (M.Sc. Chemistry), the University of Southern Denmark (Ph.D. Physics), and Harvard University in the Department of Physics/Division of Engineering & Applied Science and Brigham Women’s Hospital.

Chris Rutterford : Watching Paint Dry

Chris Rutterford is a painter with a fast growing reputation in the UK. He was widely published as an illustrator in London magazines but hankered after more challenging briefs. In the last few years he’s moved back to Scotland and has focused on producing dynamic and epic figurative oil murals with a strong Scottish identity.

Roger Sherman : Stone to phone: from urban legend to urban audience

How do we look at cities and spaces, and how do we define them? How do you remember them, use them, live in them? By the atoms that make up the physical architecture or by the social ways people use and experience the space? Roger Sherman might just transform your ideas about your personal communities, cities and spaces.

Ramish Srinivasan : How Culture and Technology Create One Another

Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies, studies and participates in projects focused on how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage.

Don Vaughn : Neurohacking: rewiring your brain

We’ve all heard of the phrase “life hack”. But have you heard of something called a “brain hack”? Don Vaughn gives us the inside scoop on the amazing powers of the human brain.

Eric Villain : Fair Game?

Eric Vilain gives a very thought provoking talk on sports, genetics and fairness. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and a member of numerous professional committees, including those related to the care of intersex individuals. He is an adviser to the International Olympic Committee for issues of gender and eligibility in Sports.

Magnus Walker : Go with your Gut Feeling

Magnus Walker talks about his life journey of following his passion and going with his gut feeling which eventually led him to turning his dreams into his reality.

Stephanie White : The Social Brain

Stephanie White majored in biopsychology at Connecticut College, then obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford, followed by postdoctoral work at Duke. Throughout, she has used a neuroethological approach to understand how social interactions shape the brain. Her own lab studies songbirds to investigate how the environment influences one’s learning and creativity. Recently, humans have entered this comparative framework with collaborative exploration of the speech-related gene, FoxP2, in human and songbird vocal learning.