Videos from Northwestern's first TEDx event, "Identity," are now available. We were proud to host Alice Dreger, professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern, and Rick Kittles, associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Pre-recorded TEDTalks from Spencer Wells, project director of National Geographic's Genographic Project, and Nina Jablonski, professor of anthropology at Penn State, were also shown.

Photos from the event are available on Flickr.

TEDxNorthwesternU - Rick Kittles: The Biology of Race in the Absence of Biological Races
Defining "race" continues to be a nemesis. Knowledge from human genetic research is increasingly challenging the notion that race and biology are inextricably linked, engendering tremendous ramifications for human relations, identity and public health. Kittles discusses why using race in biomedical studies is problematic using examples from U.S. groups that transcend "racial" boundaries and bear the burden of health disparities.


TEDxNorthwesternU - Alice Dreger: Democracy After Anatomy
As our democracy has matured, it has still retained an ancient reliance on anatomy as deeply meaningful. Yet at the same time, science has been dissolving the bright lines between anatomical categories. So what's next? What could - what will - democracy look like after anatomy?


TEDTalk - Spencer Wells: Building a Family Tree for All Humanity
All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.


TEDTalk - Nina Jablonski: Breaking the Illusion of Skin Color
Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory but, as she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.


Sebastian Seung: I Am My Connectome
At our 12/15 event, we explored how advances in genetic and sociological research are changing how we view identify ourselves. In the TEDTalk below, Sebastian Seung introduces another shaping influence - our connectome. What's a connectome? Watch and find out!


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
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