PDXTalks 2016

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 and alumni. On Oct. 13, five speakers dove deep into food security, roots of health and disease, Muslims in Portland, maintaining friendships and telling powerful stories. 

Watch the Talks

Amelia Pape '11

Getting personal with food insecurity

Food Community: The founder of My Street Grocery, a community market-on-wheels, and Food Access Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, Pape touches on social entrepreneurship, leadership, failure, vulnerability and connection.



Dr. Larry Wallack
The social roots of health and disease

Health matters: Is your ZIP code more important to your health than your genetic code? That's the intriguing question explored by Larry Wallack, director of PSU's Center for Public Health Studies.




Wajdi Said
Understanding Muslims in Portland

Education and acceptance: Against the backdrop of world events and the U.S. presidential campaign, Wajdi Said will speak from personal experience about the Muslim community in Portland. Said is the President and Co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust.



Gretchen Schauffler
The color of friendship

Connecting science and art: Artists and psychologists have much in common, says Gretchen Schauffler, founder of Devine Color, a line of vibrant interior paints that have transformed countless living spaces. Schauffler explains how her method of solving color problems coincides with interpersonal relations.



Kevin Truong
The power of storytelling

Gay Men Project: Kevin Truong, a photographer and NBC News contributor, traveled the world to tell stories in words and pictures about the lives of gay men. He shares the challenges and joys of his journey, and reveals how storytelling can become a powerful tool for social change.



See other PDXTalks: 2014 | 2015 | 2017 | 2019