Our Last Set of Speakers

Today we post the last biographies of our speakers! On Tuesday we will post biographies of our entertainment acts.

Rod NorthcuttRod

Associate Professor of Sculpture in the College of Creative Arts

Rod Northcutt a social sculptor and associate professor of sculpture at Miami University Ohio. His collaborative practice connects artists, designers, and students with multiple social groups through intervention and dialog to address social challenges, connect community members, share skills, and build creative confidence. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of North Texas, and he joined Miami in 2009. He has exhibited and performed internationally, designing interactive projects that generate community dialog through making-based practice. He co-founded and co-directs the non-profit MAKETANK, Inc., which administers the Oxford Kinetics Festival and develops multiple year round educational initiatives designed to enhance community STEM education using the techniques and methods of sculpture and design thinking.

Robert (Robb) Enzmann


Robb is a senior at Miami University, planning to graduate with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Mathematics this coming May, and will attend Miami’s graduate school to pursue an M.A. in mathematics starting in August. Robb is a passionate lover of music and technology, and blends the two as a professional music editor for figure skaters across the country. He originally came to Miami to study piano, but after taking a course in the history of mathematics his junior year, he gained a new perspective of math and picked up the double major. For his math capstone, he chose to study the Golden Ratio, since there were rumors that it could be found in the compositional structure of some music. To his dismay, most music, art, body proportions, architecture, and other things pertaining to aesthetics were completely devoid of the Golden Ratio. His talk at TEDxMiamiUniversity will focus on his discoveries about this magnificent number in the botanical kingdom, and the beautiful side of mathematics it represents.

Fourth Set of Speakers

Who wants to learn more about our speakers? We have two speakers to announcements today. Be sure to keep up to date on these speakers and follow our twitter, because we will be having contests to win tickets soon!

Colleen E. BunnColleen

Assistant Director of Residence Life

Colleen Bunn is an Assistant Director of Residence Life here at Miami University. She previously spent 4.5 years at Connecticut College, serving as an Area Coordinator and advisor to the student run Women’s Center. She graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Theatre Arts in 2004 and Shippensburg University with an MS in Counseling-College Student Personnel in 2007. At Miami, she is the advisor to F-Word (Feminists Working on Real Democracy) and will be starting as a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program in Fall 2015. Colleen hails from Northeastern PA and is looking forward to getting back to her public speaking roots through TEDx. She is a passionate activist and feminist and believes that student affairs is her calling. She is running her first half-marathon in May. She currently lives in Oxford with her husband, Matthew, and their many fish.

TimTim Stiffler-Dean

Director of Operations at Brew The Way

Tim Stiffler-Dean is passionate about one thing: servitude. Whether that means fighting for the rights of individuals being harmed, or scrubbing toilets and serving coffee at the local coffee shop (though not at the same time), he is eager to find ways to relieve the stressors found in people’s lives. You can find him online at http://brewtheway.com/, and on Twitter or Facebook @brewtheway, where he shares daily stories about how other people are making the world a better place.

Third Set of Biographies

Today our speaker biography comes from Wilson Okello!

Wilson Okello

M.S. Resident Director/First Year Adviser

Wilson Okello believes in the power of storytelling and creative expression as pedagogy for education, liberation, and resilience. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, he attended Youngstown State University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education. Wilson attended the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his Master’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies—College Student Personnel. Currently, he serves as a First Year Adviser and Resident Director at Miami University where focuses on assisting and inspiring youth and college learners to not only achieve educationally but also to develop as authentic leaders in their professional work, families and communities. Fundamental to his work is reinforcing the fact that one’s presence, position, and voice are both legitimate and relevant. The strength of his pedagogy is in the ways in which he pushes us to complicate the myth of single story narratives. Among his most recent accomplishments, the University of Rhode Island recognized him with the 2014 Rising Star Award, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) named him the 2013 IV East Outstanding New Professional.

Second Set of Biographies

As promised, here is our second set of speaker biographies!

Stephanie Baer, PhD


Assistant Professor of Art Education, Miami University


Dr. Baer’s research interests are in pre-service teacher education, teacher confidence and fear, care in the classroom, and technology in teaching and learning. Baer has taught at the K-12 and post-secondary levels since 2004. She has published several articles and won awards for both her research and teaching. She is excited and humbled to be included in TEDxMiamiUniversity. Website: drbaer.weebly.com

Shamika N. Karikari

Mika Karikari

Assistant Director of New Student Programs


I love hugs. My husband is my best friend. I care about creating a society where people are treated with dignity & respect. Baking is my therapy. I value storytelling. I get energy from being around people. Conversations with friends are life giving to me. Writing is freeing. I believe in vulnerability.  I am on a journey to be the most authentic version of myself.

First Two Speaker Biographies

As promised, we will be posting speaker biographies every Tuesday and Thursday until the event. Today is the first day of this and our first two speakers are Ann Fuehrer, Ph.D. and Bob De Schutter, Ph.D.

Ann FuehrerAnn Fuehrer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Affiliate in Psychology, Miami University


Dr. Fuehrer earned her Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her scholarship and activism focus on applying feminist principles to the work of non-profit community agencies.  She has served as the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Miami, and was named Distinguished Educator in the College of Arts and Science in 2006.  The focus of her TEDx Talk is her dream for a second career.

Bob De Schutter, Ph.D.

Michael Armstrong Professor of Applied Game Design at the College of Education, Health & Society and the  Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, and Research Fellow of the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University

Dr. De Shutter’s interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of digital games for eudaimonic pursuits. He has been invited to teach in Europe, North America and Asia, and his work has been published in leading publications of several academic fields. Bob has served industry as an independent consultant, graphic designer, developer and entrepreneur, is a lifetime member of the International Game Developers Association, and has founded and chaired the Gerontoludic Society as well as the Flemish chapter of the Digital Games Research Association. Prior to joining Miami University, Bob was a researcher and lead designer for the e-Media Lab of the KU Leuven (campus Group T). He has worked on games to facilitate inter-generational knowledge transfer, rehabilitate psycho-motor skills, train entrepreneurial skills, sensitize university students on urban mobility for the disabled, teach the psychology of game design, etc.

As we draw closer towards the event, our posters are going up around campus! Look for these all around you in the coming weeks!

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Speaker Announcement

We are happy to announce that we have our final list of speakers!

As part of this announcement, we will be posting biographies of these speakers every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the event. This will start Thursday, April 2nd! Look for these in the following weeks, and pay attention, you might win a prize if you follow our twitter and can answer a question!

Speakerss as of 4-16

This post has been edited. The original title of Shamika Karikari and Tim Stiffler-Dean have been corrected.

Join the Team!

As we get closer to forming the actual event, we want more people to join the group! If you are interested in being a part of TEDxMiamiUniversity, please fill out the following form! A member of the team will get back to you after we go through the information. We cannot wait to work with you to spread ideas!


TEDx is all about sharing big ideas, so we want you all to share your ideas about our theme. What does ‘Genesis’ mean to you? What type of things come to mind when you think of the concept of ‘Genesis’? Where do you see ‘Genesis’ in your everyday lives?

Comment back to us with your own ideas!

Nominate a Speaker Up and Running

We are pleased to announce that you can now nominate a speaker. The form is connected through our page “Nominate a Speaker.” Click on the link and you will be sent to a page to answer some questions about becoming a speaker. Filling out the application does not guarantee you a spot at our event, but you will be reviewed by the group. If you have any questions, please contact us.

As we draw closer…

As we draw closer to releasing our Speaker Nomination sheet, we wanted to show our top 5 TED talks to all of you.

5. “The Power of Vulnerability” – Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

4. “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.” – Cameron Russel

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

3. “The happy secret to better work” – Shawn Anchor

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

2. “Choice, happiness, and spaghetti sauce” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

1. “The danger of a single story” – Chimamanda Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Share with us your own favorite talks, check out our favorites, and keep looking back here for more information!