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Portland State of Mind: PDXTalks
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:00am

What: PDXTalks

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Lincoln Hall, Recital Hall, room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave.

When was the last time you heard someone tell a story that made you think? Or moved you to action? Or left you in tears or laughter? That’s the idea behind PDXTalks, an annual event to showcase the knowledge and experiences of PSU’s fearless faculty, students and alumni. Four speakers will talk for less than 20 minutes each on a topic close to their heart. This is your opportunity to hear their stories -- to be inspired, enlightened and entertained. Join us for a continental breakfast, then settle in for some gourmet brain nourishment.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Get your ticket at the PSU Box Office.

Contact: Chelsea Kastelnik,, 503-725-8575

About our speakers

Scott Parker, a professional performer and acting professor in the School of Theatre and Film, will be your host for the morning.

Brian Michael Bendis
Fearless comic creator

Anyone who has gone to the movies or picked up a comic book lately probably has encountered Brian’s work. He has been a consultant on such blockbusters as Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Captain America and X-Men. He’s an award-winning and bestselling creator of comic series and graphic novels. He’s the author of Words for Pictures, an intricate look at the making of comic books and graphic novels, based in part on classes he teaches at PSU. His theme is storytelling, and how important it is to create a distinct voice if you want to be heard by an increasingly fragmented audience.

Kate Bingaman-BurtKate Bingaman-Burt
Fearless commercial illustrator

Kate is an illustrator, educator and collector whose work focuses on the things we buy and the emotions we attach to our stuff. A professor of Graphic Design at PSU, she is a frequent public speaker, including delivering a TedXPortland talk in 2013. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She promises colorful visuals, if not confetti, as she recounts her path from wanting to be a morning TV personality to teaching to drawing until her hands cramp.

Mark WeislogelMark Weislogel
Fearless space researcher

Mark was a grad student at Washington State University when he saw footage of bubbles flowing through fluids in micro-gravity. His thought: “That’s just too cool.” His fascination led to a job with NASA, an engineering Ph.D from Northwestern University and later his post as professor in PSU’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. His research focuses on movement of fluids in space, and how that can be applied to everyday use – such as the low-gravity coffee cup he designed for astronauts. Get ready to hear about “weird stuff in space” and what that portends for our future.

Dr. Claire WheelerDr. Claire Wheeler
Fearless physician/psychologist

Claire is a clinical psychologist and former emergency room doctor. As a full-time instructor at PSU’s School of Community Health she teaches classes in disease physiology, mind-body medicine, nutrition and health psychology. She is the author of 10 Simple Solutions to Stress, published in 2007. She’ll reveal some of the mysteries of how negative thoughts can affect your health, and teach techniques to avoid them. Think “cognitive reframing.”

Cornel Pewewardy
Fearless advocate

Cornel is professor and director of Indigenous Nations Studies at PSU, whose research explores issues of Native American identity, decolonization, reconstruction of sovereign nations and indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education. A musician and singer, he won Musical Artist of the Year from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and the Phoenix Award from the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Commission. His talk, “Walk a Mile in My Red Face” is a provocative exploration and narration of the “microaggressions” natives face and overcome, from demeaning team mascots to misunderstandings of tribal customs and governance.

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