When was the last time you heard 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 on a topic close to the heart. This is your opportunity to hear their stories and be inspired, enlightened and entertained. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

7-9:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Hall, room 75, 1620 SW Park Avenue

Get tickets at the PSU Box Office online or at 503-725-3307.

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About our speakers

Karen Marrongelle, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be your host for the evening.

Brad Robertson, '98

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. Brad Robertson, partner at On Your Feet, will share how improv can make your meetings more productive, your teams more collaborative, and your ideas more original.

Mariana Garcia Medina '17

Mariana Garcia Medina 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, who now works for the City of Portland, stays motivated by her parent's resilience and sacrifices. She continues breaking barriers and pursuing her goals.  

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH

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, now founding dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, is determined to end public health disparities worldwide, beginning in Oregon.

Christina Ebersohl

After an inflammatory disease struck in her 20s 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. 


See previous PDXtalks: 2014 |2015 |2016