When was the last time you heard a story that made you think? Or moved you to action? Or left you in tears and laughter? That's the idea behind PDXTalks, a showcase of powerful stories from four PSU students and faculty. Hear four speakers talk passionately about topics close to their hearts.
About our speakers:
Laura Nissen, professor in the School of Social Work, sees the future coming at us fast but also worries how little we all seem to be ready for it. As a foresight practitioner with the Institute for the Future, she believes every discipline should be looking ahead and imagining what its future might look like, even in times and places where things feel hopeless.
Jeff Schnabel, director of PSU’s School of Architecture, thinks we’d better start designing cities for their increasingly 24 hour, 7 day a week futures. As one of the founders of the annual Portland Winter Light Festival, he wants all city dwellers — architects, planners, politicians, academics — to plan creative and usable public spaces that are accessible all times of day and night.
Blake Turner, a junior mechanical engineering student in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, believes you shouldn’t have to buy an expensive new Tesla to have a car that runs emissions free. He sees a future where cars will burn clean hydrogen and he created a $500 conversion kit you can add to your car’s existing gasoline engine.
French hornist and College of the Arts junior Santiago Valenzuela wants to show you how classical music can be just as accessible as the songs on your favorite Spotify playlist. Born to immigrant parents and growing up gay in an evangelical household, he had his dreams dashed and questioned time and time again. But the power of music always revived and uplifted him, and he wants to bring classical music’s power to the masses.
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