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Neena Mancuso

Being me in Tokyo

Pondering Identity


Neena Mancuso discusses identity, and shows how our character seems to change according to circumstance. Using personal examples, she focuses on how people and language affects how we act and how we are perceived. She realizes that it isn't necessary to concretely define who we are -- it's more important to just be who we are.

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More Human Than Human

@ VOL 2 ON JUN 30, 2011

Toby Barnes discusses machine-learning and goes into depth on the development of robots and artificial intelligence. He speaks on the power of algorithms, and their application to finance, relationships, facial recognition, and what impact this technology will have on our societies. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 17, 2013.

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Strokes of Convergence

@ VOL 11 ON AUG 27, 2013

David Alcantar speaks on his artistic works, comprised of paintings that are meant to evoke questions about the human experience of negotiation. David is interested in how people's choices to negotiate or not affect their narrative and create coincidence or as he calls it co-indicidence

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Finding Identity In Between Two Places

@ VOL 4 ON FEB 22, 2015

Photographer Luka Alagiyawanna speaks about how belonging to two very different countries and cultures has influenced her life and work.

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Creating a Dialogue and Building a Story

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"It's a placement of onesself outside the norm and the mainstream. It's an identity that's perfect for society critique. 'Queer' is not a bad word. It's an owned word—a negative word that's been given a positive connotation by our community."

Raj Bali has spent the last year working to build a space for marginalized people to share their experience, create a dialogue and learn from one another. His experience informed this talk on queer representation and why it's essential to give more of the spotlight to marginalized voices.

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The Continuum of Human Experience and Sex Trafficking

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 23, 2017

Storyteller Nancy Hardcastle leads a happy life in Puerto Vallarta, that is until she ponders about children that endure sex trafficking.

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In My Name

@ VOL 10 ON OCT 26, 2017

Temwa Phiri delves into the uniqueness and depth within a name by sharing his remarkable life journey.  He identifies the power of support from others as we draw closer to self actualization and away from social stereotype bondage.

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The Human Body in Co-Creation

@ VOL 14 ON MAR 06, 2018

Lisette Templin believes that we are not alone in the Universe. When we open our heart to healing, we find ourselves on a path that allows us to experience (and thus use) the life force called Qi. To co-create with this divine life force, we need to fine-tune our bodies to use Qi. We wish to introduce you to the act of co-creating through a meditative art of moving and non-moving forms called Sheng Zhen Gong. Sheng Zhen means the sacred truth of unconditional love. When we regularly practice this meditative state of unconditional love, we move the human body in a way that heals current health issues and also helps prevent disease. Therefore, we experience health and also co-create life.

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I Am That

@ VOL 11 ON MAR 01, 2018

Neely Farren-Eller shares how an understanding of narrative identity helped change the way she moved through the world—from a white supremacist upbringing to personal transformation—and the cultural power there is in questioning our stories.

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The Human Lighthouse: A Beacon of Connection

@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

The Human Lighthouse: A Beacon of Connection - Andrew Benedict Fisher is a local musician and singer in the Southwestern Michigan area. As lead singer and founder of The Andrew Fisher Quartet, a fusion jazz group, he has performed predominantly in the area for many years. While creating concert staples like the former concert series Sunday Night Jazz and the annual Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert, Andrew also shows his love and passion for music through private instruction as a Voice Teacher and Coach at the Citadel Dance and Music Center. Beyond the music, Andrew has a passion for the mind through philosophy, psychology and general mental health.

Andrew's talk will be on the subject of connection. While inherit to the human experience, it is something that we all, at times, struggle and deal with. In this discussion he offers a different way of thinking when it comes to connecting with others. From a firm foundation to bright and unique light that shines for all; be human lighthouse.