Speakers

About the 2017 TEDxWestChester Speakers



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Norman Horn

Norman is currently the Director of Development at the Chester County Food Bank. He earned a B.S. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition from Penn State University. Norman is the founder of Coast 2 Coast FTK, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. He is involved in fundraising for a number of programs to change hunger and malnutrition in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Juliana M. Mosley, Ph.D.

College Officer for Diversity & Inclusion,Chestnut Hill College
Independent Diversity and Higher Education Consultant

Juliana Mosley earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from Miami University of Ohio, and B.S. in Business Education from Ball State University. She is currently the College Officer for Diversity & Inclusion at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Juliana was previously the Vice President for Student Affairs at Lincoln University, Edward Waters College, Marygrove College, and Philander Smith College; the Director of Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University. With more than 17 years in higher education, Juliana is also a consultant, providing training and development workshops in leadership transition, strategic planning, student development, and diversity.

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John Noakes

Associate Professor of Sociology, Arcadia University

John Noakes is an associate professor of Sociology at Arcadia University and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. John earned his B.A. in Sociology from Bard College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Bryn Mawr, Wellesley and Franklin and Marshall Colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania. John’s scholarly work focuses on the relationship between the state and political dissent.  This includes research on the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), FBI surveillance of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and, most recently, on changes in how police respond to political protests.

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Denise M. Polk, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair
Department of Communication Studies
West Chester University

Ms. Polk is a professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University with a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Her teaching and research areas consist of sustainability, close interpersonal relationships, integrating work and family, and conflict resolution. She is a member of the West Chester Borough Council, representing Ward 7 and serves on West Chester University’s Sustainability Advisory Council. Denise has earned funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for West Chester University to collaborate with the Borough of West Chester to conduct two food scraps pilot programs. To date, the programs have diverted over 350 tons of food scraps from going into the landfill, instead, turning it into compost, a valuable soil amendment.

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Sophia Swartz

Science advocate, March for Science
A coalition of individuals and organizations championing science for the common good

Sophia Swartz is a senior at Central Bucks High School South. She is passionate about creating a direct interface between teens, science, and political activism through her work with the national March for Science as a speaker, teen organizer, and science blogger. Sophia has won recognition from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the MIT THINK Scholars Program, the Pennsylvania BioGENEius Competition, Monsanto Company, Wolfram Mathematica, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and even has a minor planet named after her.

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2014 TEDxWestChester Videos



Anita Foeman
Using Ancestry DNA to Explore Our Humanness


Dave James
Comedy Has Rhythm?


Erin Clemens
The Natural Rhythm of Stimming



Paul Morgan
How Postmodern Humans Can Wake Up & Find Their Groove


Jennifer Croneberger
Awakening the Rhythm of Awareness

2015 TEDxWestChester Videos



Dr. John R. Gerdy
The Value of the Arts as a Community Investment


Molly Nece
Pirate Leadership: Re-writing and Re-righting History.  It Makes All The Difference


Darie Goldberg
One City One World



Tracy Davidson
Don’t Give Your Life Away

It Makes All the Difference

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