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King Talks

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building


Come listen to your fellow Rackham students share their thoughts on the theme of “The Fierce Urgency of Now” in the form of 5 TED-style presentations. The talks start promptly at 5:30 p.m. with a reception following at 6:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required at


Dominic Bednar

Dominic J. Bednar

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Degree Program: Ph.D. Student in Natural Resources and Environment

Blackout: America's Hidden Energy Crisis

1.1 billion people or 14% of the world’s population have no access to electricity and more than 2.8 billion or 38% of the world’s population lack access to clean cooking. During this talk I will share how and why “energy justice” matters.

Garima Malhotra

Garima Malhotra

Hometown: Delhi, India
Degree Program: Ph.D. Student in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Skirts & STEM

The representation of women in the tech industry has remained constant over the last 20 years at 23%. And because the jobs in STEM are the highest paying jobs today, with a huge potential to make a difference to the world, it becomes extremely important to involve women in the STEM fields to really obtain gender equality. My talk will discuss how these challenges can (and will) be overcome.

Gautam Nagaraj

Gautam Nagaraj

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degree Program: Master’s Student in Aerospace Engineering

How to Save the World: A 3 Step Plan

In this talk I will analyze the history and development of societal issues and show you a simple model to break them down into component parts and use in handling issues more easily.

Melvin P. Washington II

Melvin P. Washington II

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Degree Program: Master’s Student in Public Policy

Same Sheep, Different Day: Towards a More Transformative Policy Framework for Strengthening America's Black Communities

My talk seeks to get attendees to reimagine and expand their current goals, while questioning the tacit acceptance of oppressive notions of “progress.”

Jana Wilbricht

Jana Wilbricht

Hometown: Heinsberg, Germany
Degree Program: Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies

Information, Health, and Social Justice — The Example of Rural U.S. Indigenous Communities

Indigenous communities experience some of the most severe health disparities out of any ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. During my talk I will discuss the lessons I learned from Yup’ik and Hopi communities about the connections between access to information, media regulation, and health outcomes.

Last updated: January 16, 2018 - 10:35am