March 30: TEDx Event at Arcadia University Focuses on Feeding America’s Body, Mind, and Soul

By Purnell T. Cropper | March 26, 2014

Leading experts from the education, health care, artistic, and publishing industries join advocates against hunger to present at TEDxArcadiaUniversity on Sunday, March 30. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arcadia University in the Commons Great Room.

The event’s theme is Feeding America: Body, Mind, and Soul. While many of the presentations will address the issue of hunger in America, the day’s theme ensures that the speakers will present on ideas that go far beyond hunger.

Presentations are 18 minutes in duration, designed to remain true to the format of the TED conference. Cost to attend is $12 per session. Register online. For more information, contact Celeste Walker, TEDx organizer, at

The day’s theme was inspired by the film A Place at the Table. The event is sponsored in part by Arcadia University, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, ShopRite, and the Glenside Rotary Club.

Session 1: 9 to 11:30 a.m

The session includes “Laughter and Yoga” and “Challenge Accepted,” presentations by Arcadia University honors students; Andrew Sullivan, director of international affiliate development at Stop Hunger Now; “Why Food Is Not the Solution to Hunger” by Dr. Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University; “Witnesses to Hunger” by Barbie Izquierdo of Dr. Chilton’s lobbying group; and Mindy Bartscherer from Loaves and Fishes in Jenkintown.

Session 2: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This session features Hillary Kane, director of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, presenting “Feeding the Mind and Our Need for Connection: Networks for Social Change”; Phil Forsyth, director of the Philadelphia Orchard Project, presenting “Urban Orchards: Multi-Functional Green Infrastructure”; a presentation by Nora Whittaker Jones, a musician and speech and language pathologist; and Arcadia student Saurav Upadhyay, presenting “The Food Stamp Challenge” on his experience with the SNAP Challenge of living on $22 worth of food for a week.

Session 3: 3 to 5 p.m

This session includes presentations by Whit MacLaughlin, founder and artistic director of New Paradise Laboratories; Nic Esposito, founder of The Head and the Hand Press, delivering “It Takes a Community”; Dr. Patricia Robertson of the Integrative Training Institute presenting “Food for Thought”; and writer Zenique Gardner with “Why We Should Be the Soul Food Generation.”