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2019 Speakers

DR. GEORGE SALTSMAN

DR. GEORGE SALTSMAN
Associate Research Professor in Education Leadership and Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Digital Learning, Lamar University

Innovation Beyond Imitation: Cults and Cultures of Creativity
Innovation is more than imitation. Creativity requires confronting our existing fallacies and trading observation of others for observation of ourselves.

DR. PATRICIA WESTERGAARD

DR. PATRICIA WESTERGAARD
Dean of Humanities, Blinn College

Addiction is a Thief
Addiction is an epidemic. One in 10 Americans deals with or has dealt with addiction in the last five years. As a family member or a friend, you are not alone.

DR. LASTASSIA WILLIAMS

DR. LASTASSIA WILLIAMS
Registered Nurse and Adjunct Professor, Grand Canyon University

Invisible Black Girl: The American Outlier
In today’s society, black girls have been positioned as outliers, and in many ways have taken on an invisible role compared to other racial groups. For black girls to be included into the makeup of society, cultural sensitivity has to be placed at the forefront to create an inclusive environment that will help bridge the gap of racial and gender disparities.

DOUG THOMPSON

DOUG THOMPSON
Senior Technology Strategist and AI Ambassador, Microsoft

The Most Important Story You Will Ever Tell
The human brain is wired for stories. Stories are the most impactful tool humans have to make a point. The most important stories are the ones we tell ourselves, but the problem is that the subconscious mind has control of the remote most of the time, and it is a fan of binge-watching horror movies. There is a way you can regain control of the remote once you know the secret.

MILEIGH BARRERA

MILEIGH BARRERA
Aspiring Actress and Professional Dancer

The Power of Entertainment to Unite
Miss Barrera will perform two routines demonstrating how impactful movement can be through dance and her performance. In between the routines, she will talk about how her dancing and performance leave positive impressions and provide the power to unite.

DR. DIANE LOVELL

DR. DIANE LOVELL
Professor of History, Blinn College District

The Best Discoveries in Life are Outside the Library
After a thrilling discovery of 110 Regency-era love letters in a cottage in rural England, Dr. Lovell was convinced that libraries and archives are not always the best place for research. She argues that while researching in the four walls of the tranquilly traditional institutions of archives and libraries is valuable, one should go outside of them to reclaim the joy of discovery.

BAHAR BADIEE

BAHAR BADIEE
Architecture Historian

How Understanding History Can Bring People Together
Today, regardless of our geographical location, we are all affected by shifting climate. By integrating the ancient climatic-responsive architectural methods to our modern culture, we could potentially improve our chance of surviving in the wake of climate related disasters.

BENJAMIN WHITE

BENJAMIN WHITE
Professor of Psychology, Blinn College District

Obstacles in the Road: What Motorcycling Taught me About Dealing with Anxiety
You’ve felt it before, the feeling of anxiety that grips you tightly and keeps swimming into your thoughts, no matter where you try to turn. It is something that we all contend with, and while it can help motivate us to do things that are beneficial, it can also get in our way and prevent us from moving forward. It is important to understand why we become anxious, how our mind is wired to deal with worry and anxiety, and what we can do about it.

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