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UWC-USA TEDx event to feature nationally acclaimed speakers

The United World College-USA will feature nationally acclaimed and its own student speakers during its second annual TEDx event from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Kluge Auditorium on the Montezuma campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

This year’s theme will focus on spectrum.

TEDx is an international community that organizes events celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. Sponsored by UWC-USA’s Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict, this event has been organized to a very high degree by students.

Outside speakers will include: 

  • Michelle Otero, a poet laureate from Albuquerque and author of Malinche’s Daughter. Michelle’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, on the Modern Love Podcast, NPR’s Code Switch, and in New Mexico Magazine, Shenandoah, and The Best of Brevity Anthology. Originally from Deming, N.M, she has a bachelor’s of history from Harvard and a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Vermont College. Michelle is a member of Macondo Writer’s Workshop and a founding member of Albuquerque’s TIASO Artist Collective. 
  • Dr. Todd Greentree of Santa Fe is a scholar and former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, who served in five wars, beginning in El Salvador in the early 1980s, and most recently in Afghanistan. He is currently a research associate with the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford and teaches in the Global and National Security Program at the University of New Mexico. Todd also taught strategy and policy at the Naval War College and was a visiting scholar in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS. Todd has a bachelor’s from the University of California Santa Cruz, master’s in international studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a doctorate in history from Oxford University. 
  • Tacarra Lake is the program officer for education at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations. Raised in Los Lunas south of Albuquerque, Tacarra received a bachelor’s in international studies from the University of New Mexico and a master’s in global studies from Missouri State University. Tara’s graduate research focused on “education in emergencies.” She volunteered to teach English to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Tara lived in the Balkans for two years, studying post-conflict reconstruction, particularly the Bosnian education system.


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