On April 13th, join TEDxFoggyBottom's 2019 Conference: REACTION as we explore the different dimensions surrounding the manners and ways in which we act and react to the events and occurrences in our daily lives. In an era of constantly shifting perspectives and evolving information, what do you do? When new problems arise, how do you act? When something changes at a moment’s notice, what’s your reaction?



Event Details

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 10AM-5PM | Lisner Auditorium


2019 Partners




9:00 am - 10:00 am | Lisner Auditorium

Check-in with our volunteers and experience team members opens up in the foyer of Lisner Auditorium.

Session 1: THE UNSAID

10:00 am - 11:10 am | Lisner Auditorium

Our first session features speakers who reach beneath the surface to uncover what we know, but do not think about.

Monique Turner: Anger Analyst

Nilmini Rubin: Foreign Aid Advisor

Damion Thomas: Museum Curator of Sports

Donna Vallone: Chief Researcher at Truth Initiative


11:10 a.m - 11:40 a.m | Marvin Center

Interact with the exhibits in the Marvin Grand Ballroom (Third Floor). The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center is located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Session 2: THE SELF

11:40 a.m - 12:55 p.m | Lisner Auditorium

There is a thin line between our internal perceptions and external projections.

In this session, our speakers convey their own experiences about how they tread that line.

Alakkuu: Spoken Word Poet

Roy Grinker: Anthropologist

Maryam Zaringhalam: Open Science Advocate

Jonna Mendez: Former CIA Chief of Disguise


12:55 pm - 2:00 pm | Marvin Center and U-Yard

Join our speakers in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (Third Floor) and be sure to ask questions, make small talk, discuss what REACTION means to you, or just say hello!

Visit our TEDxFoggyBottom Food Trucks partners in U-Yard to grab lunch.

Food Trucks: Healthy Fool, Far East Taco Grille, The Big Cheese


2:20 PM - 3:15 PM | Lisner Auditorium

This session hits close to home as we hear from speakers whose work impacts our local community here in D.C.

Jack Coleman: DC Comedian

Mara Cherkasky: Segregation Chronicler

Craig Cook: Urbanist

Ben Williams: Mentor and Principal


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM | Marvin Center

Interactive Exhibits

Session 4: THE FUTURE

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM | Lisner Auditorium

In our final session, our speakers consider the challenges we will face in the future and how we might react to them.

Elizabeth Lindsey: Tech Democratizer

Dr. James Garvin: NASA Scientist

Myra Miller: Political Strategist