Speakers

Barry Evans
The Streaker of Syracuse: Archimedes, Eureka and the Golden Crown
Barry Evans is a Brit, science writer and recovering civil engineer. His books include Everyday Wonders: Encounters with the Astonishing World Around Us, which led to a four-year stint as a science commentator on National Public Radio. He currently writes the weekly Field Notes science/nature column for the North Coast Journal. He just returned from Sicily, where he followed in the footsteps of Archimedes.
Brent Eviston
How Learning to Draw Has Taught Me How to Live
Brent is an exhibiting artist and sought after drawing instructor. He has studied traditional master draftsmanship, architectural drafting and illustration, master figure drawing, anatomical drawing and contemporary practices. Brent has worked with adults and children through arts and education organizations throughout California and has a series of art education videos that are broadcast nationally.
Ellen Johnson
Power of Impact
Ellen Johnson, DTM is the Northern California Representative of Safe Kids Now, a past Division Governor of Toastmasters International 11-12, and an award-winning speaker and member of TMI. Ellen has earned four degrees, been a highly successful manager and owns her own consulting business.
Forrest Lewis
The Importance of High School Journalism in the 21st Century
Forrest Lewis is a senior at Arcata High School. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Arcata High School Pepperbox, a completely student-run, student-funded publication. He is also the Associated Student Body Vice President and member of the Varsity soccer and tennis teams.
Garth Johnson
Recycling Sucks! The History of Creative Reuse
Garth Johnson is a studio artist, writer and educator who lives in Eureka, California. In addition to maintaining the website Extreme Craft (www.extremecraft.com) Garth's writing has been featured in museum catalogs, magazines and books worldwide. His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was released in by Quarry/Rockport publishers and his DVD, ReVision: Recycled Crafts for Earth-Friendly Living was released by Eyekiss Films last year. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Jennifer McMahon
Hard Hits & Hard Lessons: Founding of Woman's Roller Derby League
Jennifer McMahon is the founder of Humboldt Roller Derby and Owner of Primal Décor, Humboldt County's oldest Body Art Studio. She remains a roller derby skater and fan.
Lynette Mullen
The History of Slavery in California
Lynette Mullen is a local freelance writer and project manager. A chance discovery of court records from 1862 ignited her passion for history; learning about the indenture of Native Americans in California during the gold rush further fueled this interest. She is honored to be able to share this imformation with the TedX audience.
Michael Fratkin
Catch and Release: Finding Life in Death
Dr. Michael Fratkin is a Palliative Medicine physician who works to understand what's needed and then to articulate what's revealed while serving human beings facing death. As a clinician, an educator, and a journalistic poet, Dr. Fratkin returns from the bedsides of people facing the single greatest challenge in life with practical, provocative, and profound insights.
Michael Fields
Why laugh? Why here? Why now?
Michael Fields is a founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Dell'Arte Company. A recipient of San Francisco and San Diego Critics Circle and Los Angeles Drama-Logue awards for Performance and Writing he has co-authored and performed in over 25 Dell'Arte productions. He is also Chair of the California State Summer School for the Arts Theatre Program. A master teacher of Physical Performance Styles at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Michael has also taught for the Dutch National Theatre School; the California Institute of the Arts; Teater Studion in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Aarhus University "Dramaturgi Institute" in Denmark.
Monica Stephens
The Frightening Future of Digital Maps
Monica Stephens is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University. She is interested in social networks, GIS, cartographic visualizations, and the gendered dimensions of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).
Ray Raphael
Revolution: A Success Story
Among Ray Raphael's 17 books is The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord, which chronicles the 1774 Massachusetts Revolution featured in this talk. Raphael also authored A People's History of the American Revolution (the first volume in Howard Zinn's "People's History" series), Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.
Scott "Q" Marcus
Striving for Imperfection: Finding Happiness as an Imperfect Being
In 1993, on his 39th birthday, after suffering from chest pains, backaches, financial ruin, and a failing marriage, he decided ‐ one more time ‐ to take control of his life and lost 70 pounds over the next 364 days, which he has maintained (most of the time) to this date.He believes we each know how to make permanent long-term change; we just don't do it. Why? The "wrinkled child" within us doesn't want to! So, instead of focusing on the "Why," he focuses on the "How."
Scott Greacen
Environmental Impacts of Outdoor Marijuana Growing
Scott Greacen is executive director of Friends of the Eel River. He also served as ED at EPIC from 2005 to 2011. He earned a BA in Political Science from Reed College, a JD cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School, and is a member of the California Bar. He lives with his family in Bayside.
Sheri Woo
Mad River Water: Use It or Lose It
Sheri Woo is a licensed civil engineer who writes environmental science content. She works with HT Harvey & Associates, HSU, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, and the ArMack Orchestra, because in Humboldt County, one can't have too many jobs.
Tami Matsumoto
Every Person Deserves Math
Tami Matsumoto is a "Math Ambassador." A Professor of Mathematics at College of the Redwoods and a Lecturer at Humboldt State University, she works with and entertains local students and teachers through various programs and events in the realm of mathematics.
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