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The Reset Button: The Great Fantasy of Academia | Brian Harrington | TEDxUTSC

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The Reset Button: The Great Fantasy of Academia | Brian Harrington | TEDxUTSC

Brian Harrington discusses what is the real value and what lasts beyond the reset button that we experience between university and the real world. Brian challenges the education system to create a better evaluation system that assess all around performance post-graduation.

Brian Harrington is a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at UTSC. After completing his BSc in Computer Science (co-op) at UTSC, he went on to earn his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oxford University in the UK. He then spent several years as a lecturer in the research faculty at Oxford, before a brief stint as a researcher at the University of Wisconsin led him back to his Alma Mater where he has been lecturing since 2012. His research focuses primarily on the interaction between natural language processing and Artificial Intelligence.

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Inside the Underbelly of Academia & Future of Higher Education with Thaddeus Russell | Subverse News

Inside the Underbelly of Academia & Future of Higher Education with Thaddeus Russell
Thaddeus Russell is a historian, entrepreneur, and former academic. We talked about the often unspoken darker sides of academia and the relaunch of his higher education alternative, Renegade University. Thaddeus is the author of the book A Renegade History of the United States” and Host of the Unregistered Podcast.

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What If Life Had A Reset Button? | Indyra Radhiyana | TEDxBinusSchool

What if there was a reset button for life? 13-year- old Indyra often contemplates this, as it is a question to which there is little known about the answer, that is, if there is one at all. She would like to share some knowledge from her perspective on what would actually happen if you pressed a button like that. Through this, she hopes to spread awareness on what vast impact words and opinions can have in this world, regardless of there being a reset button or not in the end.

Indyra is a student at Binus School Serpong in Tangerang, Indonesia.

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Why Is Academia So Elitist?

What is academia so elitist? There is a multi-part answer to this question.

I am going to define elitist as being a function of status, and function of questioning people’s beliefs.

It this is about a generalized person, I would encourage you to go meet an academic. If this is about a specific person, I often find that they might be dealing with their own issues.

First of all, academia has some historical norms that they have to defend, and they have to make sure their university or the college does not look bad. Many people worry about how the university will look, so they have to protect these norms.

Second, we are taught to question everything. Nothing should be considered sacred. The job of academics is to question all that people say and do, because there are many things that are not questioned. The problem lies when academics take a norm for granted and do not question this norm.

Third, many academics recognize that getting to the truth is very difficult, and although we cannot all that we have learned in our journey towards truth, we do know that it has taken a lot of work to get there. This is why people should very much respect Full Professors, especially at really good universities. They have either faced a lot of criticism to get there or they have worked really hard to get to that point.

Fourth, most of our ideas are terrible when we first start with them. we have to have a bit of a thick-skin to get an idea across. Most people will doubt your idea when it is new, and there is nothing wrong with that. We have to constantly work at the idea until we have enough people that back our idea that it can stand on its own.

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The Healthy University - Reset Nation

The Burnout Gamble | Hamza Khan | TEDxUTSC

Hamza Khan speaks at a 2016 TEDx event in Canada. Connect with Hamza personally on Twitter: and through his website:


Hamza Khan is an award-winning marketer and entrepreneur. He’s making waves as the co-founder of Splash Effect, an agency that helps brands in the education sector supercharge their marketing & communications. Hamza has also founded Year One, a publication aimed at inspiring and motivating people through periods of personal and professional transition. His most recent venture, SkillsCamp, is a school for the soft skills. Hamza holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Scarborough (Class of 2010).

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Hacking The Academy: Leslie Chan at TEDxUTSC

Leslie Chan is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he serves as the Associate Director. An early practitioner in the use of the Web for scholarly exchange and online learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the role and design of network in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a historical and defining event of the global open access movement, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. A Trustee of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, and a passionate advocate for knowledge equity, Leslie has been invited to speak at workshops and conferences around the world, and he has been asked to serve as advisor to numerous projects and organizations, including the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the American Anthropological Association, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, and the Open Society Foundation.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

What a PhD Couldn’t Teach Me About Diversity | Hyunjung Shin | TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan

If you transform fear of diversity with compassion, you will reinvent yourself and your world. This transformation has the power to change the way we work and live.
Hyunjung Shin, born in South Korea, received her Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto in 2010.

Her career has taken her across North America, and she figured she knew a thing or two about navigating a diverse world. Then she moved to Saskatoon... If using a credit card to scrape ice off a windshield in -40 degrees could be a metaphor for difficult times, it certainly was for Hyunjung. But scrape she did.

By tackling the challenges at the University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor, she formed a deeper understanding of how social differences connect to social inequalities for migrants.

Her daily mindfulness practice and her passion for k-pop dance are combined with a relentless search for the solution to fear of the unknown. The tool she has found will scrape the ice away from our own worldview, leaving a clearer understanding of what it means to be human. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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What is missing in academia? | Krystyna Malińska | TEDxFulbrightWarsaw

It is not a common practice in academic communities to share own experiences with students who - especially now, in the world of competitive labour markets and no longer clear and straightforward career paths - need help in facing the challenges and complexities of a life outside university. Sharing own experiences with others is demanding, difficult and risky. But in the right environment academics would be more comfortable to share their own experiences with students and the students would easily ask for help and advice. That is why in 2016 a mentoring program called TopMinds was launched to help students make good career choices. Krystyna Malińska is a researcher and academic lecturer at the Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment at Częstochowa University of Technology. Her work focuses on research in the field of environmental engineering, R&D project management, intellectual property rights and the commercialization of scientific results.
Through teaching courses and performing research, she tries to encourage students to search for their own person passion and find their own career path. This is also the mission of the TopMinds training and mentoring program for students, which she coordinates together with the alumni from the Top 500 Innovators and Fulbright programs.
She is proud that she can contribute to bridging the gap between academia and industry through research, development, and outreach. She pursues this goal by executing her own research projects, educating students, and promoting the principles of sustainable development and circular economy, but also through her work in consulting and shaping regulations, policies, and funding programs for research, development and innovations, and by helping research funding agencies to select projects that would bring the highest value to society and the economy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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Hitting The Reset Button On Life | Dana Commandatore | TEDxDelthorneWomen

TEDWomen is a TED event curated by TED that focuses on women and women’s issues. TEDxWomen events are TEDx events that follow the live webcast of TEDWomen, and also feature live and local speakers. Our event is called TEDxDelthorneWomen and we are one of the many TEDx events that will happen around the world on November 30th. We will expand upon the ideas brought up at TEDWomen, while also relating it back to the Women of Los Angeles. TEDxDelthorneWomen was organized by Eraina Ferguson, a tech entrepreneur and journalist. Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Dana Commandatore is a full-time working wife, mother, advocate, and baker. She grew up in New Jersey and moved across the river to New York City to start her advertising career in the late 1990s. She and her husband, actor Michael Broderick, decided to move their family to Los Angeles in 2004 where their son was diagnosed with autism. She and Michael began RethinkingAutism.com in 2009 to change the autism conversation from causation and cure to acceptance and understanding. Dana and her family still reside in Los Angeles where she is an Executive Vice President at Deutsch Advertising Agency, Autism Acceptance Advocate and avid baker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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How Curiosity Killed the Cat and Almost Killed the PhD Student | Aqyan Bhatti | TEDxSpeedwayPlaza

It is the pinnacle of educational achievement: prestigious, exclusive, and monumental. Yet, what is so special about a PhD - is there even anything special about it? Aqyan gives insight into the life of a PhD student to see how and why people even tread down such a path.

Aqyan Bhatti received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He is working toward a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at UT Austin, where his research is focused on understanding and modeling the underlying physics in the operation of nanoscale solid-state electronic devices.

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Historical Consciousness: A Precondition for Education Justice | Chizoba Imoka | TEDxUTSC

Chizoba Imoka is looking at decolonizing narratives with respect to educational systems, using Nigeria as a case study.

Chizoba Imoka is a PhD. candidate in Education Policy and Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her research explores student experiences in Nigerian secondary schools and is identifying policy/practice recommendations for inclusive-decolonial educational change in Nigeria. Chizoba is also the founder of Unveiling Africa, a non-profit that provides a platform for Nigerian teenagers to engage in civic and political advocacy. She is the convener of the Advocacy for Inclusive Education Summit, Nigeria that brings together students and education stakeholders in politics, private sector and civil society to mobilize and discuss about equity and inclusion issues in Nigeria's education sector. Chizoba is the recipient of numerous leadership and academic excellence awards, including the Adrienne Clarkson Public Service Laureate, Adel Sedra Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Selfless for Africa Award, BBPA Academic excellence awards amongst others. Chizoba Imoka is a PhD. candidate in Education Policy and Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her research explores student experiences in Nigerian secondary schools and is identifying policy/practice recommendations for inclusive-decolonial educational change in Nigeria. Chizoba is also the founder of Unveiling Africa, a non-profit that provides a platform for Nigerian teenagers to engage in civic and political advocacy. She is the convener of the Advocacy for Inclusive Education Summit, Nigeria that brings together students and education stakeholders in politics, private sector and civil society to mobilize and discuss about equity and inclusion issues in Nigeria's education sector. Chizoba is the recipient of numerous leadership and academic excellence awards, including the Adrienne Clarkson Public Service Laureate, Adel Sedra Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Selfless for Africa Award, BBPA Academic excellence awards amongst others. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bridging the gap between industry and academia. | Aniedi Udo-Ubong | TEDxPortHarcourt

Innovation spaces, tech hubs, Accelerators and incubator space, an environment where individuals can learn, share and communicate with one another, it connects individuals with mentors and other communities. Hubs and innovation spaces are plugging the gap between school and industry and this things are happening outside school of which ought not to be so. It’s time to fix school.
Don’t be afraid, just do it.
Web Developer, software engineer& project manager This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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Motivation In Academia

TEDxUTSC 2015: Brian Harrington

Our next speaker proudly and without any doubt says I have one of the best jobs in the world. Brian Harrington is a lecturer in Computer Science at UTSC, which means that he gets to spend time with some of the best and brightest minds of each generation helping guide them to realize their potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Breaking the Cycle of Deviance at Work | David Zweig | TEDxUTSC

Bad behaviour creates more bad behaviour – in essence, deviance begets deviance. Often, workplace actions that are designed to control bad behaviour end up creating more bad behaviour in response. David Zweig is also going to discuss how we can break these cycles of deviance at work and can create new cycles of behaviour, ones that can make the workplace better for everyone.

David Zweig is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and the Chair of the Department of Management at UTSC. He studies the dark side of the behaviours at work and how essentially, bad behaviour creates more bad behaviour.

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Reimagining the PhD | Nadia Jaber | TEDxSBU

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Traditionally all PhDs went on to become academic professors. Times have changed. This speaker offers an idea to help prepare graduate students for the real world.

Nadia Jaber is a graduate student at Stony Brook University, pursuing a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her thesis work focuses on how mammalian cells discard the chemical signals used to communicate with one another. During her graduate training, she realized she wanted something different than the traditional academic career path that PhDs are geared for. Exploring her interests, she found a passion in science and health communications and has since begun the Advanced Certificate in Health Communications offered by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Her goal is to use her science background to disseminate important health and science information in order to empower the general public to make educated decisions.
Outside of science and communications, Nadia likes to try new recipes, paint quotes for her Etsy shop, take kickboxing classes and sail around Northport.

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Academic Research vs. Industry Research | Academia or Industry

Academic research vs. industry research. Academia or industry research.

I hope you guys enjoy this very raw discussion that Toby (from the YouTube channel Tibees) and I had about academic and industry research.
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