Attend TEDxMesaCCRedMountain.

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09:00-9:05 Welcome Song in Arabic by Zeinab Zeitoun, MCC Honors student

09:05-9:10 Music by MCC—Red Mountain faculty members Tara Jones and Keith Anderson

09:10-9:15 Welcoming Remarks by Nora Reyes, Ph.D., Provost of MCC—Red Mountain

09:20 Kevin Kling (via Skype): “Bus Strike”
Professional storyteller, writer, director, and guest commentator on National Public Radio, whose expertise pertains to Language and Literature.

09:30 TEDx video: “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone” by His Holiness Pope Francis

09:40 Thomas Kusek, M.Ed.
Manager, Disability Resources and Services, Mesa Community College, whose areas of expertise pertain to Mechanical Design and Audio Engineering.

10:00 James I. Charlton (via Skype)
Author of Nothing about Us without Us, Executive Vice President of Access Living in Chicago, disability rights activist, and Research Assistant Professor of Disability and Human Development at UIC, whose areas of expertise pertain to Disability Law and Civic Engagement.

10:20 Daniel Baggett Storyteller, Stand-Up Comic, Writer, and MCC Student, whose expertise pertains to Language and Literature.

10:40 Mindy Scheier Founder and President of the Runway of Dreams Foundation, which promotes the design of clothing adapted for children with disabilities. Her areas of expertise pertain to Culture, Gender, Fashion Design, and Identity Studies.

11:00 Carrie Basas, Director at Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds, former law professor and practicing attorney. Her areas of expertise pertain to Disability Law and Civic Engagement.

11:20 Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Ph.D. Professor of Disability Studies at Emory University, author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Arts and Culture, among others, and world-renowned speaker, whose areas of expertise pertain to Language and Literature, Culture, Gender, Identity Studies, and Humanities in Contemporary Issues.

11:40 Renu Addlakha, Ph.D. Researcher for the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in the sociology of medicine, mental illness and the psychiatric profession, anthropology of infectious diseases, bioethics, and disability studies, editor of Disability Studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities, and director of research projects supported by the World Health Organization and the MacArthur Foundation in India. Her areas of expertise pertain particularly to Culture, Gender, and Identity Studies.

BREAK FOR LUNCH – Live Music in the lobby, Demonstrations by Whill and Wheelchair Laboratories outside, and TEDx videos in the RAD

12:00-1:00: TEDx videos playing in the RAD: “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown “Let’s Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive” by Melisse Fleming “The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies” by Paul Knoepfler “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds” by Temple Grandin

1:00 John Lawson He is a writer, director, film and television PWD actor with past roles in, Law and Order: SVU, MTV-Awkward, Switched at Birth, HBO West World and American Horror Story: FREAK SHOW. John has also had roles in over 15 films. Jenni Gold (will be unable to attend and instead John Lawson will be speaking in her place) Producer of nineteen films, including the award-winning documentary Cinemability, director of eight films, and writer and editor for seven. Her areas of expertise pertain to Film, Media, and New Media.

1:20 Theresa Devine, M.F.A. Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Peformance, ASU—West Campus. Her areas of expertise pertain to Art History, Painting, Video and Tabletop Game Design, and New Media.

1:40 Sarah Risha, Ph.D. Adjunct Instructor in Arabic, Paradise Valley and Rio Salado, whose areas of expertise pertain to Linguistics and Literature and Language.

2:00 Brett Heising Founder and CEO of, a website for assessing the accessibility of facilities to ease anxiety about travel for persons with disabilities, whose areas of expertise pertain to Business, Public Relations, and Civic Engagement.

2:20 Jennifer Longdon Writer for LivAbility Magazine, Ability360 Center, and local disability activist, whose expertise pertains to Disability Law and and Civic Engagement.