Welcome to TEDxTU

TEDxTU celebrates and cultivates social innovation in New Orleans. Our city is stewing a satisfying gumbo brimming with passion, creativity, and ingenuity. TEDxTU inspires and informs social innovation, makes social change a priority, and connects changemakers within New Orleans.

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 TEDxTU, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxTU event, TEDTalks 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.  More About TEDx on TED’s website.

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Nominate a Speaker for our January 2017 Event!!

Hey everybody the nominations are NOW OPEN!!  So if you have someone in mind that could give a great TedX talk, don’t be afraid to put their name down.  We are looking for a diverse group of speakers that could have something interesting to say about a variety of topics.  We are also taking suggestions for people that would want to be an MC for the event.  Below is a link to the wufoo page where nominations can be put.  Also below is a link to a video from one of our speakers last year, Bryan Lee!


Manolo Baca Pallais

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Manolo, a sophomore at Tulane hailing from Nicaragua, was always taken aback by the pervasive economic inequality and poverty affecting the majority of humanity. As a result, he has constantly engaged with Nicaragua and its people in hopes of comprehending how they experience poverty, and how it comes about. One of the projects he has worked with is DALE Nicaragua, an organization he founded in order to empower the Nicaraguan youth through debate.

Can Manolo use his experiences in an impoverished country to change the way you think about poverty and inequality? Come find out!



Lilith Winkler-Schor


Lilith Winkler-Schor is the Program Director and co-founder of Roots of Renewal, a holistic community development organization in Central City that works with young adults reentering society after incarceration by providing work-training in construction and wrap-around social services. Lilith is pursuing a B.A. in social policy and political science and a B.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in glassblowing at Tulane University.

Nina Baumgartner

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Nina Baumgartner is a senior at Tulane University studying Neuroscience and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Through her work as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Intern at the Newcomb College Institute, she recently organized the first ever Louisiana Sexual Assault Student Activist Conference, which had over 100 participants from across Louisiana and beyond. Heavily involved in activism during her time at Tulane, she launched the Know Your Numbers Tulane video campaign to help students understand how to read sexual assault statistics and she directed the 2015 production of The Vagina Monologues. Nina also works as a researcher in a Tulane University neuroendocrinology lab, and she hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience after graduation.

Delaney Perkins


Delaney Perkins is a junior at KIPP Renaissance High School and a student at Bard Early College New Orleans. He is the founding member of KIPP Renaissance’s LGBTQ club which he created in order to both advocate for greater tolerance at his school as well as ensure that students have a safe space to talk about their identities.

H. Colleen Sinclair

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Dr. H. Colleen Sinclair is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mississippi State University. She recently co-founded the Social Relations Collaborative at the Social Science Research to foster interdisciplinary research on how people form, maintain, and lose social bonds. She is a recent recipient of a $1.6 million dollar NIJ grant to study the consequences of peer rejection and is part of the Center for Open Science’s global endeavor to increase transparency and accessibility in science. She will be presenting on a merging of her passion for both fact and fiction in her research on the “Romeo and Juliet effect”. No love story blooms without a setting. Yet too often we neglect the context, which sets the stage for relationships to develop. It is time to see the full story.

Troy E. Spier

troyTroy E. Spier was trained as a public school teacher at Kutztown University and is currently a second-year doctoral student in Linguistics at Tulane University. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he took a personal leave of absence and spent the fall semester as a humanitarian aid worker primarily at the Tabanovce Refugee Camp in the Republic of Macedonia and at the Moria Detention Center on Lesvos Island, Greece. He has been responsible for the distribution of food, water, tents, and blankets; fundraising and the purchase of resources for distribution; the dissemination of information about border policies and closures; translation; and the coordination of translation for medical personnel. He has given previous talks on the Global Refugee Crisis and has also participated in the burial of victims from the journey across the Aegean Sea. Through activism, involvement in the field, and conversations with refugees around fires, he has been able to develop a personal understanding of the crisis.

Richard Carthon

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Richard Carthon plays football and baseball for Tulane. He is a Legal Studies in Business and Management Major with a specialization in energy in entrepreneurship. He is the VP of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisor Committee), a Tulane Ambassador for the Business school, a member of AKPsi, and a member of the Black Student Union (BSU). He wishes to pursue a MBA/JD joint program post graduation.

Greg Tilton Jr.

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Greg Tilton Jr. is a New Orleans-based cinematographer and co-founder of inDEPTH Media, a film production company focused on transmedia content. His work has premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York Festival, and more.

Bryan Lee

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Bryan is the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans. With a background in architecture, Lee is tasked with creating, advocating for, and contribute to, the creative intervention of public art and social impact design in civic spaces across New Orleans.  Before joining the Arts Council, Mr. Lee spent time at 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans. Additionally, Mr. Lee leads an award winning architecture + design curriculum for high school students through the National Organization of Minority Architects Louisiana Chapter. As a devoted member of the NOMA, Mr. Lee serves on the National board as the Design Education Chair. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, his chapter received the 2014 NOMA Chapter of the Year. Bryan was also selected as a 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow and a 2015 international British American Project Fellow.