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TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

With array of presenters and performers at Cape May Convention Hall, Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cape May, NJ (GistCloud) July 12, 2013 – In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxCapeMay returns to Cape May this year at Convention Hall on Sunday, October 20, 2013, beginning at 9:30am for a full day of diverse performances and presentations under the provocative theme: “Nature & Nurture.” The TEDxCapeMay program features over 12 outstanding presenters and performers, along with added TEDTalk videos. Attendees receive a gourmet boxed “shoobie” lunch and an evening open bar reception at Congress Hall. Tickets are $75 per person. For the full program and registration, go to TEDxCapeMay.com.
“Our first TEDxCapeMay program drew over 200 attendees, so this year we moved to the new Convention Hall with the Atlantic Ocean in view, and extended our range of presenters,” said organizer Norris Clark. “This year we’ll explore ideas at the intersection of ‘Nature & Nurture’ here on the Jersey Shore“
TEDxCapeMay 2013 is sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing, Congress Hall, and Cape May Forum. Presenters include the following:
  • Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop.
  • With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. She developed a language of storytelling by paper cutting multi-layered stories. In 2011, Béatrice strode onto the TED stage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, Béatrice tells stories informed by life. Her own life colors her work: after briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She moved to New York in 1985, where she reinvented herself as an artist. Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
  • A dynamic yoga instructor from California, Chrissy Graham, considers the ancient practice of yoga in the modern world and asks – “what’s it good for?” Chrissy has been a student of yoga for 15 years, and is a Certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She presently teaches public classes, workshops, Immersions, and Teacher Training throughout the California Bay area, and abroad.
  • As the CEO of the world’s largest social media charity, Dave Girgenti has a very unique job — he is a wish-master. He connects people in need with everyday heroes who can help through his website, Wish Upon a Hero.  Perfect strangers helping others, hundreds of times a day.  Why do they do it?  Do people truly like helping others? Is there an emotional connection for the hero? Or are they motivated by guilt, perhaps?  Have YOU ever helped a complete stranger?  Dave will analyze news and entertainment media coverage of ‘good deeds’ that often forms public perception.  He will also cite his own first-hand experiences of wishes that have been granted, and will explore the questions above.  Dave will challenge the audience to ask themselves if they, too, have this capacity to do ‘good’ and be someone’s hero.
  • As Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia, Eliot McIntire raises a provocative question: If biodiversity is all about “survival of the fittest,” are the fittest always the strongest competitors? According to McIntire, global biodiversity is not just a matter of “dog eat dog,” but rather a matter of one species helping another.
  • Eliot Glazer is a writer and comedian who looks at old footage of his grandfather and discovers deep parallels, and asks, “Am I My Grandpa?” Eliot has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and is the editor of My Parents Were Awesome (Random House, 2011), an anthology of essays based on his blog of the same name. Eliot is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He continues to perform sketch and storytelling all over New York City, and is the co-creator of the web series, It Gets Betterish, which takes an irreverent look at what it means to be young, gay, and weird. He has appeared on MTV, NBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC World News Tonight, BBC Radio, and Sirius Radio XM, as well as Blackbook, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, and Wired Magazines.
  • Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac., C.N.S., shows how men can thrive after cancer through CaPLESS living. Dr. Geo is a renowned naturopathic urologist and is a recognized authority in integrative treatments for urologic conditions and prostate cancer. Dr. Geo, as he is known, is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC).
  • Can you imagine opening your window to a moving garden, or a parking lot converted into a park? Plants and green infrastructure can bring much to the city, but how? Artist Marco Castro shares ways to creatively nurture urban communities with nature in practical and playful ways, such as he did with his award winning public project – Bus Roots – utilizing plants as a creative medium.
  • As a child, Jen Miller was bullied, and the only place she could escape her tormenters was heading down the shore. There, she found solace, and a sense of herself. In her talk, she discusses the importance of having that other place in nature, one that has a sky and not a ceiling.” Jen Miller is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s World, Details, Allure, Philadelphia Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. She’s also the author of three books, two about the “Jersey Shore.”
  • Kamau Stanford asks whether perseverance is a matter of nature or nurture, as he perseveres to build schools as places of information, opportunity and exposure, not just for students, but also to the community at large. As the Community Engagement and Extra Curricular Director at Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, Kamau attended the prestigious Central High School, Howard University and the Howard University School of Law.
  • R. Jay Magill, Jr. expertly navigates history, theology, art, and politics to create a compelling portrait of “sincerity,” an ideal that, despite its abuse, remains a strange magnetic north in our secular moral imagination. R. Jay is a writer, editor, and host of a radio program on NPR Worldwide. He is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (Michigan, 2007) and Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull) (Norton, 2012), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Wall Street Journal top-ten book of 2012. Magill holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hamburg and an MA in art history and philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook, and he has taught at the University of Lüneburg and at Harvard University, where he received a Derek Bok award. He has has written for the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print, Spiegel Online, and the Boston Globe, among other publications.
  • Ryan Krill will explore the nature and nurture of making beer. As the co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s first microbrewery. The Cape May Brewing Company won the Best IPA at the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival, won the Business Venture Award and Conservation award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and was given an Economic Development loan to assist in the most recent expansion and the brewery is already planning its next move.


  • How can we free ourselves to live authentically, fully, with joy and fulfillment? How do we know and live our heart’s purpose and passion while living our lives, as they are now? Sigal Brier is a motivational coach, inspirational teacher, rabbi, researcher and artist, with training in psychology, art, integrative methods, and holistic lifestyle. Her innovative approach integrates body-mind methods that rely on the understanding of neuroscience and brain research. She teaches internationally and facilitates experiences of transformation in diverse venues, including Temple University and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News and on several shows on NPR (National Public Radio.) Sigal is an Israeli-American with two MA degrees who has written for the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal of Loss and Trauma. She is also the founder of Integrative Spirituality and the creator of Sh’maYoga™, and is an accomplished musician who has recorded several original music CDs.
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