TEDxPSUBerks 2018 Playlist


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TEDxPSUBerks is a culmination of new and fresh ideas, young global innovators and thinkers, and a celebration of diversity, backgrounds, interests, and ability to change the world.

TEDxPSUBerks, a one-of-a-kind conference where we openly discuss big ideas and challenges that affect our community. This event highlights an impressive lineup including speakers who are not typically heard from locally but who are doing incredibly creative, innovative, and provocative work in their fields – in addition to an array of networking opportunities offered through various activities for speakers and attendees alike.

Our goal is to create a memorable experience – to connect and bring diverse disciplines and backgrounds together around new ideas – in service of unleashing the thoughtful dialogue and passionate energy needed to promote creative thinking and community-based problem solving that will improve the quality of life on the Penn State Berks Campus and beyond.

Can't make it?  Watch us online:​​

TEDxPSUBerks Live Stream



Our theme, (Dis)Connected, is intentionally dual meaning.  Connected / Disconnected

Whether it's a connection to culture and economies driven by technological advancements, or the disconnection​ from society because of the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) our theme allows us to explore important topics of a modern age.

We've asked our speakers to interpret the theme in any way they like. Join us in discussing these ideas and more on November 11th in the Perkins Student Center at the Penn State Berks.

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2018 Speakers

Alan Murphy


on sharing war stories to make a connection

Wedding Videographer

Hoboken, NJ, USA

Budd Royce Lam


on intentionally reconnecting with people

Toronto, Canada

Dr. Annika Sörensen


on how to unlock your in-born power to beat stress

Medical Doctor 

Lund, Sweden

Dr. Ike Shibley


on learning to be grateful can increase happiness


Penn State Biochemistry Professor


Dr. Kesha Morant Williams


on parent-adult child relationship 

Penn State Communication Arts & Sciences Professor

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Ed Burns


on the authentic role of social media

Founder of Melior Marketing, LLC 

Hamburg, PA, USA

Jason Ziemianski


on being divorced with children

 Media Executive

 Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jen Ruiz


on the power of flying solo

Travel Writer 

Rochester, NY, USA 

Martin Castor Peterson


on the illusion of reality


Odense, Denmark

Neil Rawlings


on living with and overcoming ADHD and depression

Penn State Student

Wayne, PA, USA







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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBerks, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPSUBerks event, TED Talks video  and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.