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Foodie City Insecurity

Andrea Nguyen is a VCU student working toward a medical degree who spends her free time volunteering at RamPanty combatting food insecurity on the VCU campus and beyond. RamPanty provides food to those in need, which is more than you’d think in Richmond, known for countless tasty and innovative restaurants and ranking as the U.S. […]

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I See You

David Naff gave a powerful talk about his work combating educational inequity and dropout prevention for at-risk teens in a high school with a socioeconomically diverse student body. Oftentimes, these at-risk students live at, or below, the poverty level. In his year working as a counselor, the school’s graduation rate rose from 86 percent to […]

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FREE ICE WATER

John Freyer is a nationally renowned artist, VCU professor in the School of Arts, and recovering alcoholic. Early in the process of his recovery from addiction, John began to drink ice water as a replacement for alcohol. One evening, he decided to sit outside his studio with a dispenser of ice water and offer free […]

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Thandavam At VCU

Thandavam is a premier team of Indian classical dancers at VCU, each of which has trained in their respective style for 10-15 years. At TEDxVCU 2016, Thandavam performed two dances. The first of which juxtaposes traditional Indian dance steps with a combination of modern classical, hip-hop, and Bollywood music. The second performance interpreted a student’s […]

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Jokes On You

Sriteja Yedhara unpacks how the power of political satirists is much more influential that most of us would think. This is why we see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as symbols, rather than comedians. Their ability to mock politicians, newscasters, and the common people elevates them to a level of power contributing to a system […]

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Real Pockets of Hollywood

Hollywood is known for huge blockbusters, big bags of money, and Walk of Fame stars. But why are these films so highly funded, while other films are not? Marah Archer proposes the idea that indie films, without big Hollywood backing, are more relevant, personal, and honest to the common human interest because they are the stories of people, […]

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Standing Out and Fitting In

We all have a need to fit in, some of us may have already found that place, others may still be looking. We also have a need to define ourselves as individuals; stand out. Jim Robb tell us how his involvement in the arts has allowed him to both stand out in society and truly […]

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Re-Sample

Justin Johnson kicks off the TEDxVCU party by creating a song on the spot. His lively and engaging talk guides the audience through the art and science of sampling and the process of using pieces and parts of sounds and songs to make an original composition. Rearrange. Manipulate. Create. Even if you don’t play an […]

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Is Richmond a Food Desert?

Studies show Richmond has the 3rd most grocery stores per capita of all United States cities. If this is true, why do Richmonders witness, or experience, such high levels of food insecurity? Learn more about this issue and it’s solutions at TEDxVCU 2015 in Andrea Nguyen’s TEDx talk! Read more here.

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