2017 Event


September 29, 2017

Rachel Harry – life lessons through theater and following one’s passion

Out of the glitz and glamour of Broadway came an announcement last June that was both heartwarming and local. Rachel Harry, a drama teacher at Hood River Valley High School, had received the Tony Award for Excellence in Theater Education. … Continue reading


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September 26, 2017

Jefferson Smith shares his thoughts on ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

Jefferson Smith has done many interesting things over the course of his career. Among them, he founded The Bus Project in 2001, which has since grown into a national alliance that inspires young people to engage in our democracy. He … Continue reading


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September 22, 2017

A Brand-New Venue

This year TEDxMtHood moves to the newly constructed theater at Roosevelt High School in north Portland. The event, with the theme of “Alchemy,” won’t be the first, but will be the largest to date. TEDx is all about “ideas worth … Continue reading


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September 18, 2017

Vulnerability, Honesty, and Strength: Bri Pruett Finds Her Voice Through Stand-up Comedy

In 2010, Bri Pruett stepped up to a grimy microphone in old town Portland to perform stand-up comedy for the first time. She had been a theater, improv and sketch comedy performer all her life, but on March 8th, she … Continue reading


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September 11, 2017

The Balance That Is What Is In My Art

My name is Luz Elena Mendoza And the question of Identity has been on my heart. I am an extention of my mother, my father, my brother, my ancestors, my friends, my community I am what I have consumed and … Continue reading


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September 06, 2017

Damien Fair: Embracing Diverse Paths of Brain Development to Understand Mental Disorders

Stepping into a neuroimaging laboratory can seem like an intimidating venture. You might expect to see a series of sterile, gray benchtops with men in white lab coats hovering over something science-y. However, as the door closes behind you, the … Continue reading


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August 30, 2017

Vineet Edupuganti: Why Simple Solutions are Most Effective–Even When Conducting Scientific Research

–TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Vineet Edupuganti as one of our 2017 speakers!– If you had told Vineet Edupuganti about biodegradable batteries when he was younger, he would have been taken aback. As soon as he heard about how little … Continue reading


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August 26, 2017

Gregory McKelvey wants to inspire you to change the world through activism.

It’s a cold day in Portland in early 2016 and Gregory McKelvey is six minutes into a 90 second speech.. and the crowd is rapt, shouting approval into his infrequent pauses for breath. The time tolerances are tight for guest … Continue reading


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August 13, 2017

Adam Phillips: Practicing what he preaches: going against the grain to make the faith community inclusive for all

Inclusion. Think of the kid sitting all by himself in the lunchroom cafeteria; or the person who, instead of feeling unique, is branded weird; or the one whose minority status is thrust upon her like fetters. How might the world … Continue reading


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August 03, 2017

Adrienne Nelson: Encouraging Connection to Make the World a Better Place

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–TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Adrienne Nelson as one of our 2017 speakers!– Connection.  It’s the warm and exuberant embrace of an old friend after a long separation.  It’s the collective sense of satisfaction felt by a group of neighbors … Continue reading


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