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TEDxTucson’s [r]evolution conference at the Berger Performing Arts Center

Short, powerful talks on a wide range of topics
Posted at 1:19 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 16:19:36-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — More than 500 of Tucson’s most impassioned TEDx speakers and enthusiasts are meeting up in one place.

This year's TEDxTucson’s 5th annual full-day conference [r]evolution is happening on Saturday, September 21 at the Berger Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"Twelve of Tucson’s leading thinkers and doers will present short, powerful talks on topics as wide-ranging as galaxy exploration, creativity, civil society, tiny houses, mining, French architecture and more."


  • Janelle Briggs: “Stackhouse” presents a radically new concept for portable, tiny house communities.
  • Frances Causey: “Behind The Long Shadow” presents Frances’ experience of racism growing up in the south, and its bitter effects on our country.
  • Sean Dessureault, PhD: “Gamifying Blue Collar Work” proposes a way to make blue collar work more satisfying and safer, while increasing productivity and quality of work.
  • Erika Hamen, PhD: “Chasing Hydrogen Clouds” –developing telescopes and new ultraviolet detection technologies to improve our ability to observe distant galaxies.
  • Kevin Justus, PhD: “Architecture as Portraiture” examines the Petit Trianon in Versailles as a portrait of Louis XV.
  • Victor Shamas, PhD: “Repose for Enhance Creativity” presents a technique to induce peak experiences and creative power.
  • James Wiseman, M.D.: “Operating Instructions” explains how to tell yourself a better story about problem people in your life to give yourself a better day.


  • Linda Chorney is the poster child of the Independent Artist. She has been slugging it out in the entertainment business for the last four decades. Making history as the first completely independent artist nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012, she also wrote the book, Who the F**K Is Linda Chorney. In 2018, she wrote, produced, and starred in the multi-award winning film, When I Sing, based on the book.
  • Chris Hack is The Prophet, a living legend in the world of Lucha Libre, flashy style of these Mexican masked men’s wrestling.
  • Frank Powers is a performer, cartoonist, radio DJ known as the Prince of Promotion and The King of Commotion, and also a wrestling fanatic –the standing Master of Ceremonies for many events in The Old Pueblo including Lucha Libre.
  • Ryanhood is Ryan Green and Cameron Hood, an award-winning folk/rock duo from Tucson, has wowed audiences across 46 of the US States over the past decade. Their TEDx Talk, “How Bad Things Make Us Good People” is a poignant blend of heart-felt stories, song, and virtuosity.

Another interesting tidbit about the TEDxTucson event is that it's independently produced, and operated under a license from TED.

The event was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences.


  • 9:00am Registration
  • 9:30am Doors open
  • 9:30am Doors open
  • 11:30am Lunch and mini seminars
  • 1:00pm Session 2
  • 2:30pm Afternoon break and Lucha Libre Wrestling
  • 3:15pm Session 3
  • 4:30pm After Party
  • 5:45pm Conference ends

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