St. Thomas' Inaugural TEDx Talks Now Available Online

Nine TEDx talks dealing with the future of education that were given at the University of St. Thomas on Oct. 15 are now available online.

The talks, sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, can be seen here.

The experts in the field of education who shared their thoughts in six minutes or less that evening were:

  • Kasim AbdurRazzaq, a native of St. Paul who conducts community and organization dialogues on race and power
  • Adam Katz, a special education teacher who is working on his academic behavior strategist license
  • Dr. Bill Keilty, who holds a master’s in gifted education and doctorate in educational leadership and developed the unique Lighthouse Program in Spring Lake Park Schools
  • Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience who teaches and studies the topic of sleep and health
  • Tom Rademacher, a high school English teacher at the FAIR School in Minneapolis who is this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year
  • Cordell Steiner, a fifth grader at the Matoska International Elementary School in White Bear Lake who shared his ideas about using technology and games to personalize education
  • Catherine Thimmesh, an award-winning children’s book author who talked about creativity in the classroom
  • Dr. Artika Tyner, an author and CELC faculty member who trains graduate students to serve as social engineers
  • Charles Vickers, principal at St. Peter Claver in St. Paul

The online collection also includes a saxophone solo performance by Steve Cole, a musician, writer, producer and member of the St. Thomas music faculty, and a presentation by Desdamona, a five-time Minnesota Music Award winner who delivers her lyrics and spoken word to traditional and nontraditional classroom spaces throughout the Midwest and beyond.