Our newest video series brings you mini-lectures from some of UD’s brightest minds.


Get insightful discoveries, life-changing advice and food for thought from the TEDxUniversityofDelaware talks.


The Blue Hen Minds series is brought to you by Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.

Don't Overthink, Just Do | Seyanna Barrett, AS20

Overthinking can be a self-deprecating process that can hinder someone from reaching their true potential. Learn how to trust yourself more to make the right decisions.

Don't Overthink, Just Do | Seyanna Barrett, AS20 | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=HMFMc7YP7fg

The Problem of the Hero | Dr. Steven Mortenson | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Why does it often "feel heavy" to be another person's role model or hero and how do we inspire those that admire us to be the most they can be?

The Problem of the Hero | Dr. Steven Mortenson | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=bJP1QzT3alg

The Other Side of Bias | Dr. Quinetta Roberson, BE92 | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

In today’s society, we are frequently directed on how to navigate unconscious biases. But what if those biases are not our own?

The Other Side of Bias | Dr. Quinetta Roberson, BE92 | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=H2vvYmEZaNk

The Shadow of Influence: Sexuality's Hold On Us | Dr. Adam Foley | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Hear from feminist multicultural sexuality educator and researcher Dr. Adam Foley on the power of healthy sexuality against rampant sexual misconduct in society.

The Shadow of Influence: Sexuality's Hold On Us: youtube.com/watch?v=FmURUb8B3qw

For a Great Career, Be a Rebel! | Sarah Baker Andrus | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Hear from Sarah Baker Andrus, Assistant Director of Lerner Career Services at UD, about how you can find a great career fit through an adventurous change in your perspective, leaving you to wonder if you’re ready to step off the beaten path and into the unknown.

For a Great Career, Be a Rebel!: youtube.com/watch?v=j3Gd1DG2fUE


“The Life Autonomous - Exploration in the Age of Robotics” | Dr. Art Trembanis | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Dr. Art Trembanis, a UD professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy, shares “The Life Autonomous - Exploration in the Age of Robotics” with insights into how the age of robotics—whether in the air, underwater or in outer space—is giving human explorers to access to the world and universe like never before. At UD, Trembanis develops and utilizes advanced autonomous systems to explore oceans and lakes around the world filling in blank spots on the map, discovering ancient shipwrecks and modern aircraft and unraveling environmental mysteries along the way.

“The Life Autonomous - Exploration in the Age of Robotics ” by Dr. Art Trembanis: youtube.com/watch?v=_-oEDP6UnYk


“The Storyteller’s Adventure” | Nana Ohemaa Asante | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

In “The Storyteller’s Adventure” UD senior Nana Ohemaa Asante, honors student in the College of Arts and Sciences, shares the art of storytelling that lies within all of us, and her talk includes a poem she wrote about how each of us is our own complex story waiting to be read. The lyrical presentation demonstrates the importance of telling our stories.

“The Storyteller’s Adventure” by Nana Ohemaa Asante, a UD senior: youtube.com/watch?v=1_bvXgX9qwE


Preservation of Our Photographic Heritage for Future Generations: Here, There and Everywhere | Debra Hess Norris | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Debra Hess Norris, chair of UD’s Art Conservation Department, professor of Photograph Conservation and director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, shares why preserving our heritage in photography is crucial for future generations. Hess Norris gives insights on steps you can take to conserve your own photographic collections.

"Preservation of Our Photographic Heritage for Future Generations: Here, There and Everywhere" by Debra Hess Norris: youtube.com/watch?v=QSw0PCwe1oE


Six Steps to Defanging Your Vampire | Dr. April Kendra | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

In "Six Steps to Defanging Your Vampire" Dr. April Kendra, UD assistant professor in the English department and affiliate faculty member in Women and Gender Studies, shares the ways you can identify the "vampires" in your life—people, organizations, things that suck the control from your life. She then gives you steps to defang the vampires, taking back your power and living your best life.

Six Steps to Defanging Your Vampire” by Dr. April Kendra | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=EGx8ccM0V5I


Projecting Your Personal Shadow | Dr. Steve Mortenson | TEDxUniversityofDelaware

Dr. Mortenson takes us from unskillful behavior to skillful behavior in this talk focusing on the Personal Shadow and projecting it on to other people. Steve Mortenson is a professor of communication at the University of Delaware. His teaching and research focus on skillful communication, emotional management, and effective leadership.

Mental Health Needs to Move Beyond Just Being Aware | Katie Manta | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=5udJgxOBrtk


Mental Health Needs to Move Beyond Just Being Aware | Katie Manta| TEDxUniversityofDelaware


"Sometimes it's the adventures we don't ask for that we learn the most from." In her TEDx talk, Katie speaks to the dark days of her personal journey and provides a realistic way for us to actually make a difference in a society of stigma. Katie Manta is a senior Elementary Education Major with a Middle School Science Concentration. Driven by values of kindness, empowerment and growth her dream is to create a classroom where each student knows how important they are.

Mental Health Needs to Move Beyond Just Being Aware | Katie Manta | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=1GfBfuudLTg


"This is Why You Are a Perfectionist"
Mr. Elon Kline


Elon Kline is a UD student pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Effectiveness in Leadership. He gives insights on how we can all take control of our personal power by understanding the detrimental belief of perfectionism and embracing the idea that we are all naturally imperfect.

This is Why You Are a Perfectionist | Mr. Elon Kline | TEDxUniversityofDelaware: youtube.com/watch?v=ctTKBPMVtEg


"You Are the Only Thing in the Way"
Gillian Williams


Gillian Williams, a UD student majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Organizational and Community Leadership, sheds light on how we build, brick-by-brick, walls around us that prevent us from growing and moving forward.

You Are the Only thing in your way.: youtube.com/watch?v=0xgnm9y82R4


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