We’re thrilled to announce part two of the speaker lineup for our fifth anniversary conference, TEDxUofM: Against the Grain ! Our speakers are emblematic of the “leaders and the best”, they are storytellers, performers, scientists, idealists, doers, and most importantly catalysts for change. This year’s talks will defy clear categorization and draw together conventionally disparate themes, ideas, or techniques— encouraging radically new ways of thinking about old paradigms.
Hail! to our incredible speakers! & check out part one
Alongside each short bio you’ll find an animation created by students at the University of Michigan.
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Dr. Soodeh Montazeri
Dr. Montazeri is currently a research fellow and adjunct faculty at U of M, experienced in human-centered design, design with intent, and user-experience thinking and methodology. A native of Iran and an alumni of the Design Science PhD Program, she believes that good design brings out the best in people and induces positive social and pro-social changes.
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Dr. Vic Strecher
Dr Strecher has been a Professor of Public Health since 1995. With the University, Dr. Strecher founded HealthMedia Inc., an Ann Arbor-based company that develops tailored health interventions for millions of users. Currently, as Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Strecher is helping the University disseminate research in order to improve global health.
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Born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. as an infant, Daniel Morales grew up as an undocumented immigrant. Daniel helped found the Coalition for Tuition Equality, seeking equal access to higher education for undocumented Michigan students. Daniel studies International Migration and Human Rights Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Policy.
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Dr. Nesha Haniff
Dr. Haniff’s work has focused on empowerment pedagogies and marginalized populations. She has developed several innovative educational modules on HIV/AIDS, violence, and women’s reproductive health, and espouses the necessity of integrating race, gender and sexual orientation and engaging in human rights advocacy.
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Dominique D. Lee
Dominique D. Lee is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK). After graduating from U of M, he served in Teach For America as an educator in Newark, NJ. He lead the formation of BRICK as an education management non-profit that transformed Avon Avenue, a persistently failing school, into the BRICK Avon Academy.
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Jennifer Lee Johnson
Jennifer Lee Johnson is an advanced Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and a current graduate fellow in residence at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation retheorizes gender and sustainability in relation to the contemporary social life and history of working with fish in Uganda, where she has conducted fieldwork since 2007.
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The MacArthur Fellow was born in Shanghai, China. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan. Since 2000, he has been studying and researching the music phenomenon of the Silk Road culture, and has served as the Artistic Advisor to Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project Inc.
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A schoolteacher turned national poetry slam champion, Sekou Andrews has become the world’s leading Poetic Voice - a cutting-edge category of speaking that combines strategic storytelling, inspirational speaking, and spoken word poetry to give voice to powerful messages. Sekou does more than inspire us with his story; he inspires us with our story.