Videos

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    Why there is no mind/body problem: Joe Cruz at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Joe Cruz is a professor of philosophy at Williams College. He specializes in the philosophy of the mind and the theory of knowledge. His articles have appeared in Mind and Language, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Knowledge and Skepticism. He teaches a range of Williams courses, including skepticism and relativism, perception and reality, philosophy of animal life, cognitive science, embodiment and consciousness, and contemporary epistemology. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Williams College and a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from the University of Arizona. An avid adventure cyclist, he has traveled extensively in India, Tibet, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South America. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:18:36

    #dangerousbodies #blackwomen #scifi: Rhon Manigault-Bryant at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Rhon Manigault-Bryant is an assistant professor of Africana studies at Williams College. She is a scholar-artist who merges her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary specializations in religion, gender, race, music, popular culture, and ethnographic methods. Her book Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women will soon be published by Duke University Press, and she is now at work on a book about how film and contemporary media influence mass interpretations of the black female body. Her creative endeavors have earned grants from the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. At Williams she teaches courses on research methods and ethnographic approaches to Africana studies, race and gender, and womanist/black feminist thought. She received an A.B. from Duke University, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Emory University. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:18:25

    Pop Orientalism -- Tin Pan Alley to Taiwan Today: W. Anthony Sheppard at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Tony Sheppard is a professor of music at Williams College. His research encompasses 20th- and 21st-century opera and music theater, film music, vocal timbre, cross-cultural influence and exoticism, and American art and popular music history. He has written a book on ritualized performance in modernist music theater and a forthcoming book on Japan in the American musical imagination. His work has been featured in The New York Times and on PBS and has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He has lectured for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, at major universities, and at the Library of Congress. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Musicological Society and has served as director-at-large of the American Musicological Society. At Williams he teaches courses in 20th-century music, opera, popular music, and Asian music. He earned his B.A. at Amherst College and his M.F.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:14:41

    As it turns out, you've probably heard of it: Amy Levine at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Amy Levine, a self-proclaimed hipster, is a senior philosophy and English double major from Rockville, Md. Her research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and literature, particularly on ordinary language philosophy and aesthetics. Her senior thesis with associate professor of English Bernard Rhie examines the relationship between skepticism and realism in James Joyce's Ulysses. In her junior year she studied abroad with the Williams-Exeter Program at Oxford, and she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy after graduation. She is co-president of the Williams College Jewish Association and co-captain of the cycling team. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:17:01

    Shakespeare, Marlowe, and their Jews: John Kleiner at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    John Kleiner is a professor of English at Williams College. He is a scholar of classical and medieval literature whose work has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The author of Mismapping the Underworld: Error in Dante's "Comedy," he is at work on a new book, The Art of Losing: Versions of Failure from Virgil to Shakespeare. His articles and essays include "On Failing One's Teachers," "Criminal Invention," and "Diffusion of hydrogen in a' -VHx." He has taught courses on Shakespeare, expository writing, Chaucer, Dante, allegory, Hollywood film, journalism, and violence. He has a B.A. in religion and physics from Amherst College, an M.S. in physics from Cornell University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:18:52

    The curious case of transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils: Lois Banta at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Lois Banta is an associate professor of biology at Williams College. Her research explores the ways in which plants protect themselves from diseases. Her work has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Commission, and the Teagle Foundation. She teaches courses in microbiology; bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics; cellular regulatory mechanisms; genetics; and environment, immunity, and infectious disease. She received her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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    Magical thinking: Won-Jun Kuk at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Won-Jun Kuk is a senior chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry from Fairfax, Va. He has particularly enjoyed his Williams classes on acting, refugee resettlement, and psychology. An avid fan of magic tricks and a "debatably capable" magician, he is drawn to the nature of belief and superstition. He hosts a music show on the college's radio station and works as an EMT with the Williamstown ambulance service. He hopes to employ his Williams liberal arts experience to become a competent physician, "who cannot only interpret the data but also think beyond those numbers as well." About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
  • 00:19:53

    Exploding stars, colliding galaxies, and you: Karen Kwitter at TEDxWilliamsCollege

    Karen Kwitter is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. She studies planetary nebulae, the glowing gas shells ejected by dying sun-like stars. Recently, Kwitter and colleagues have observed planetary nebulae in the Milky Way using the Hubble Space Telescope, and in the Andromeda Galaxy (2 million light years away) using the Gran Telescopio Canarias, one of the world's largest. Her courses include introductory astrophysics, a tutorial on the search for extraterrestrial life, and an advanced course on interstellar matter. She received her B.A. from Wellesley and her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Planetary Nebulae. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)