From the treatment of Muslim women to immigration in America; from humility and integrity in leadership to the costs of incivility in the workplace; from exploring the root cause of sexual harassment to how to have a more fulfilling sexual relationship, Session Two’s talks at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018 dove into big topics equilaterally.
Each of the talks given in this session infused new perspective, insight and understanding into each of the topics explored. Read on to learn more from talks given by University of Nevada, Reno’s Julie Hogan, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, University of Nevada, Reno student Joe Sabini, Georgetown University’s Christine Porath, Stanford University’s Marianne Cooper, and local Reno marriage and family therapist Steven Ing.
In August of 2015, Julie Hogan met a student who changed her life. After experiencing some socially rich observations in the classroom, Hogan accepted a gift that changed the way she views American culture and herself.
In her talk, “The Tale Of Two Robes,” Hogan explored the idea of how Americans respond to her when wearing two traditional robes: a Muslim burka and academic regalia. She opened her talk wearing a burka.
“Look at me,” she stated. “Study me. When you see me on this stage, who do you think I am? Why do you think that, and what does this say about you?”
Julie A. Hogan is an associate professor at the University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Sociology and her master’s degree at the University of California Chico. She has spent 30 years in the substance abuse prevention field, has amassed a whopping 38 million dollars in grants and contracts, and has three textbook publications.
In “America’s Immigrant Future,” United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sat down to talk with Dr. Bret Simmons of the University of Nevada, Reno on the topic of immigration. The Senator discussed the vicious cycle of exclusion that has historically gripped America. She explored the idea of whether or not we are doing all we can to hold open the door for the next generation, once we succeed. In the interview, she stated:
“It is not lost on me, every single day that I get up and walk into my office in the U.S. Senate, or I walk on the floor of the Senate where others have walked before me, I do not forget that I am a descendent of immigrants.”
Cortez Masto is working to repair our broken immigration system and protect hardworking families. She is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act of 2017, which would allow hard-working young people to come out of the shadows and fulfill their potential in our communities, and a fervent supporter of comprehensive immigration reform.
According to Joe Sabini, humility, integrity, and hypocrisy are words that people use a lot without really understanding what they mean. His talk, “Simplifying Humility And Integrity,” provides a simple way to understand each concept and explains how they relate to each other. He stated:
“My idea today is to encourage us to align our actions with our beliefs. Think of ourselves a little bit less. Others a little bit more. And we’ll know exactly who we are, exactly what we want.”
Joe Sabini has lived in Reno, Nevada for his whole life. After graduating at Reno High School, he has gone on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in the College of Business. Joe brings humor and thoughtfulness to all aspects in his life. In his free time, he finds passion in music and live productions and has performed all over the United States, including Carnegie Hall.
According to Christine Porath, how you show up and treat people means everything. In her talk, “Do Nice People Finish Last or Best?” she shared a personal story:
“Over 22 years ago, I vividly recall walking into this stuffy hospital room. It was heartbreaking to see my dad, this strong, athletic, energetic guy, lying in the bed with electrodes strapped to his bare chest. What put him there, was work-related stress. For over a decade, he suffered an uncivil boss.”
Today, Porath travels the world working with leading organizations such as Google and the International Monetary Fund to help them solve the vexing problem of incivility. She talks talks about the costs of incivility, and how civility pays. She explains how incivility is a bug—it’s contagious and we become carriers of it just by being around it. Christine reveals the true power of civility and how our little actions matter.
Christine Porath is author of Mastering Civility and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. She’s a professor at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a consultant working with leading organizations to help them create a thriving workplace. Her speaking and consulting clients include Google, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Pixar, AT&T, Genentech, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Justice, and various health care organizations and law firms. Christine is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today, and has written articles for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, and Washington Post.
How do we stop sexual harassment? Why does sexual harassment keep happening? According to Stanford University sociologist Marianne Cooper in “The Power of Us: How We Stop Sexual Harassment,” gender inequality is both the cause of sexual harassment and the consequence of it. She states:
“Power has a corrupting impact on people. People in power tend to do as they please. They don’t take other people’s feelings into consideration. They don’t take no for an answer. Research has found that in the minds of men who are inclined to harass, power and sex are closely connected.”
With her powerful call to action, we learn about what each of us can do to prevent harassment, hold abusers accountable, give voice to the voiceless, and work together to create long lasting change.
Marianne Cooper is a sociologist studying gender and inequality at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Center for Women’s Leadership at Stanford University. She is also an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She was the lead researcher for Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. She is a contributing writer to The Atlantic and writes about gender, leadership, diversity and inclusion, financial insecurity, and economic inequality. She is an author of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Lean In & McKinsey Women in the Workplace reports on the status of women in corporate America. Her book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, examines how families are coping with economic insecurity. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
According to Reno-based marriage and family therapist Steven Ing, all of us tend to settle down in committed, long-term relationships without really getting to know the other person the way we should.
In his talk, “What’s Your Magic Sex Number?”, Steven Ing shows us how to do better, inspired by one simple (but vitally important) question. He said:
“Your mate’s magic sex number is not about you. It has nothing to do with how beautiful you are, how handsome you are, or how sexy you are … knowing this simple truth is very empowering.”
Steven Ing is reframing an important conversation in society — one about the intelligent management of human sexuality. His most recent book, “We’re All Like This” is used as a textbook in Human Sexuality courses in university classrooms. His frank, accessible and compassionate demeanor has earned him a wide following — whether in his HuffPost contributions, his newspaper columns or in his speaking engagements. He has trained parents about having “the sex talk” (or rather, talks), HR professionals about sexual harassment, advertisers and marketers about using sexuality (rather than just sex) in advertising, law enforcement about sex offenders and more.