Stopping minors from being manipulated, cooling trauma patients to keep them alive, using the brain to solve the opioid crisis, and finding the middle ground in gender were just a few of the innovative topics presented at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) first TEDx event.
The daylong event Nov. 9, 2018, put on through TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” not only informed and entertained a full house at the SMC Campus Center. It was livestreamed on YouTube to a global audience.
Ten speakers from the UMB community took the stage to share their innovative ideas across a wide scope of subject areas united under a single theme focusing on the University’s mission statement: Improving the Human Condition.
One of the presenters, Russell McClain, JD ’95, an associate dean at the Carey School of Law, used the back of a cereal box to launch a discussion about implicit bias. “The corn pops are having a blast,” McClain said. “They’re skateboarding down the escalator, they’re swimming in the milk fountain.” Amid all the yellow corn pops is a brown one, with a hat tilted to one side, sweeping with a broom. He’s not having fun. “This corn pop fits so many brown stereotypes,” said McClain, who pondered how the image passed review.
Plans are underway for UMB’s next TEDx event.