Portland State of Mind: PDXTalks
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 9:00pm

What: PDXTalks

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) to 9:00 p.m.

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

Cost: Free to PSU Faculty, Staff and Students. $5.00 general admission. Tickets available here and at the door.

Contact: Julie Wallis,, 503-725-4483

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 and laughter? That's the idea behind PDXTalks, an annual event to showcase PSU's fearless faculty, students and alumni. On October 18, four speakers will talk for less than 20 minutes each on a topic close to the heart. This is your opportunity to hear their stories - to be inspired, enlightened and entertained. This year's emcee is Karen Marrongelle, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


Brad Robertson, '98, Partner, On Your Feet
Taking risks, saying yes, making mistakes - applying these ideas from improvisational theatre can crank up the joy and dial back the fear at work and in life. Robertson will share how improv can make your meetings more productive, your teams more collaborative, and your ideas more original.

Mariana Garcia Medina, '17, Intern, City of Portland
Mariana has lived a life of uncertainty since she was three years old. Woken in the middle of the night by her mom promising a trip to Disneyland, Mariana instead crossed the border into the United States. Despite the continued uncertainty that comes with being undocumented, Mariana stays motivated by her parent's resilience and sacrifices. She continues breaking barriers and pursuing her goals.

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Founding Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Portland native David Bangsberg defines the social determinants of health and explains the impact on various lifestyles. Drawing on his previous works at the Johns Hopkins Medical School in drug- and crime-ridden East Baltimore, Bangsberg is determined to end public health disparities worldwide, beginning in Oregon.

Christina Ebersohl, PSU Viola Performance Student
After an inflammatory disease struck in her 20's and left her unable to see, Christina Ebersohl relearned how to walk, read, listen—and play the viola. A junior at PSU and a U.S. Army veteran, Ebersohl talks about how personal growth comes from taking risks.

Music performances by:

Paul Paresa & The People
PP&TP was originally founded as a club band for a long-standing residence at the Brasserie Montmartre. Since the group's conception the club has closed and the lineup has changed, but the band still plays around the greater Portland area. The current line up is Dave Kelsay on drums, Alex Koehler on bass, and PSU student Paul Paresa on keyboard.

This event is sponsored by PSU's Office of University Communications.

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