A PLNU professors presents on stage at TEDxPLNU
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The E Word

What is the potential of Evolution and Christianity being able to co-existence?

About the Speaker: After teaching high school biology from 1990–1999, April Cordero Maskiewicz, Ph.D. returned to college to earn her doctorate in Math and Science Education from the biological and natural sciences departments at UCSD and SDSU, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSD in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Now, as a biology professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, April’s research focuses on developing more effective approaches for teaching introductory ecology and evolution that are grounded in the learning sciences literature. April is deeply committed to helping students and the church engage in meaningful conversations that bridge the science and religion divide. She also helps to educate and empower first-generation college students as the Director of PLNU’s University NOW program.

Choose Your Story Well

Stories are important for understanding ourselves and the world. How will you tell your story?

About the Speaker: Raised in St. Louis, MO, educated in New England, living in California for many years with her late Oklahoma husband, and frequently visiting France, Hadley Wood considers herself appropriately eclectic and eccentric, if not downright funky. Being at a small Christian liberal arts establishment has not always allowed her to teach her specialization of 16th and 17th century French literature. Instead, she developed language teaching skills (she published a text with Houghton Mifflin) and some familiarity with Children’s Literature, World Drama, Michel Foucault and Literary Criticism. Such a disparate teaching assignment has been unified by an abiding fascination with teaching itself and with determining how to make specific material and skills accessible to as many students as possible.

Weapon of Mass Destruction

What weapon do all of us wield that fuels modern slavery, sex-trafficking and other forms of injustice?

About the Speaker: Jamie Gates, M.Div., Ph.D., serves Point Loma Nazarene University as professor of cultural anthropology and as the Director of the university’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation. Having been raised in and studied apartheid South Africa, Jamie continues to focus on justice and reconciliation as a central concern. Working for the sake of human trafficking survivors has become an important part of Jamie’s life. He co-lead the National Institute of Justice research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013–2016). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He directs the San Diego Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR). He mentors campus organizers against human trafficking and serves as organizer with numerous national and local organizations.

The Wireless Future of Wellness is Now

How can technology improve wellness in our day-to-day lives and activities?

About the Speaker: Ted Vickey, Ph.Dc., is the Founder & President of FitWell, Inc., a fitness consulting company specializing in innovation and emerging technology. He is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Engineering, focusing on interdisciplinary research within exercise science, technology, and social networking at the National University of Ireland at Galway. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise, the largest non-profit accredited certification organization in the fitness industry. He has also consulted with companies and organizations such as the White House, Department of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fruit of the Loom, TSA, Sylvania, and Allied Irish Bank.

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