TEDxValparaiso University | Speakers
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Previous speakers include:

Han Suk Lee

Han Suk Lee, Ph.D., is a marketing professor at Sangmyung University in South Korea. He currently resides in the United States as a visiting scholar with Purdue University Northwest. Having visited 20 countries, Mr. Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom garnered from first-hand experience. Through these experiences, he has gained an innate desire for a better world. During his stay, he has observed increased tensions between North Korea and the U.S. In his talk, Han Suk Lee will discuss the situation from South Korea’s perspective.

Daina Mueller ’18

Daina is a senior at Valparaiso University, studying marketing and communication. Actively involved in campus, Daina is the current co-president of Enactus, committee member for Kappa Kappa Gamma, and a residential advisor. Daina strongly believes in the value of leadership and wants to inspire people to start making a difference in their lives today.

Carolina Herrera

Born and raised in Mexico, Carolina Herrera has served a translator, interpreter, trainer, and project manager in the language industry. Carolina loves language and is obsessed with stories. Ms. Herrera achieved her dream of publishing her first novel, without any prior knowledge of the industry.  Having discovered her passion later in life, Ms. Herrera  wants to help show that nothing is impossible, as long as you have the vision, attitude, and drive.

Chad Chenowith ’05

Chad Chenowith is a 2005 graduate from Valparaiso University majoring in classics and secondary education. Chad later received his master’s in educational psychology from Ball State University. As a decorated teacher in the Fort Wayne area, Chad realizes the need for specialized focus on students with high abilities at the secondary level. Chad will speak about the ways in which educators and parents may inspire gifted youth and help them to realize their potential.

Chris Drapeau

Chris Drapeau received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Ball State University and completed a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship at Mississippi State University. He is now an assistant professor in Valpo’s education department. Professor Drapeau will speak about the positive outcomes of starting conversations with strangers in a crisis, the focus of the Alliance Project, which he co-created.

Cody Cotton ’16 and Charles Carter ’17


Cody Cotton and Charles Carter are graduates and former student-athletes of Valparaiso University. Both Cody and Charles played on the Valparaiso University Division 1 football team. Cody and Charles co-founded A Greater Good Foundation, which aims to develop the minds and hearts of inner-city and disenfranchised youth. They will speak about the need for individuals to get involved in the development of today’s youth, and how they founded their organization.

Philip Woodward

Philip Woodward, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of philosophy at Valparaiso University. Professor Woodward teaches courses on human nature, the philosophy of mind, the theory of knowledge, and logic. Join us to hear Professor Woodward discuss why Luther’s reformation was successful and how we can use Luther’s four keys for reformation to make a difference in our own world.

Kristine Tarmann ’16

Kristine Tarmann is a Valparaiso University graduate, now studying art therapy at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. Kristine is the artist-in-residence at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, a retirement and health care center for the elderly. She will speak about the importance of intergenerational interaction and contact, specifically between millennials and the geriatric population.

Katherine Matthews ’18

Katherine Matthews is a senior at Valparaiso University studying music education. Katherine gained an interest in the development of poor motor habits and posture after developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from her keyboard playing. Join us as Katherine discusses the reasons that individuals develop poor motor habits and the methods by which we may avoid them.

Faisal Kutty

Faisal Kutty, LL.M., is a lawyer, professor, writer, and public speaker. He is currently an associate professor of law and director of the International LL.M. program at Valparaiso University Law School. He also serves as counsel to KSM Law, a Toronto-based law firm that he co-founded.   Professor Kutty’s research and teaching interests include legal reasoning and writing, Islamic law, international law, and national security.  His writing has been featured in publications around the world including The Toronto Star, Middle East Eye, and Al Jazeera. For the last eight years he has been included in “The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims.”

Suzanne Kawamleh

Suzanne Kawamleh is both a Ph.D. student in philosophy and an M.A. student in history at Indiana University-Bloomington, as well as the higher education program director at Promise for Relief and Human Development. She is interested in scientific models, error propagation, and Bayesian decision theory. She is also is working on providing higher education opportunities to internally displaced populations in war-torn Syria. Ms. Kawamleh is currently working on developing a long distance education program for Syrian students, expanding the current colleges to include a Colleges of Engineering and Health Sciences.


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