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November 14th, 7:00 pm
Dietert Ferguson Chapel

TexS talk is an event designed to bring a fun educational experience to Schreiner University. The event is modeled after the famous TEDx events that take place around the world. Our version of the event will consist of four independent speakers that will present over a variety of topics.


Dr. Sam Dreeben

Your Caveman Brain

The human brain evolved in circumstances much different than those we find ourselves in in 2019. We will discuss adaptations that may not be so adaptive today and how we can use our understanding of our “caveman brains” to flourish in the 21st century.

Dr. Kristen McAlexander

The State of Obesity

This TexS talk will discuss the state of obesity and overweight among Texas residents and children, including demographic and ethnic health disparities. Statewide prevention and treatment methods will be explored, with an emphasis on our increasingly vulnerable rural communities.

Dr. Ryan Caesar

Protecting Livestock and Wildlife from Ticks in a Changing World

Ticks are parasitic blood feeders that affect many animal species, including livestock. Historically, tick-borne diseases have posed threats the the health of the cattle industry (valued at $12.3 billion in Texas alone). As climate changes and modification of the landscape occur, once-suppressed tick pests may re-emerge as threats the the cattle industry. The situation is complicated by an increased need to protect natural areas and native wildlife populations. Dr. Caesar is has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture to involve Schreiner students in research on new environmentally-friendly methods for control of tick populations in central and south Texas.

Fred Gamble

Texas and the Civil War

There are more books written about the American Civil War than any period in the history of the United States. With all that is written, questions still abound about the fundamental nature of the war and its expressive and political implications. We’ll review historical documents in order to spur the audience to do more research about this important chapter in Texas history.

Niel Powers

Boots, Hats, & Semiconductors: High Tech in Texas

On the East Coast, it is the Technology Corridor. On the West Coast, it is Silicon Valley. But in-between, here in Texas, high tech has both a rich history and a strong future. Hardware, software, technical services, aerospace technology–we have it all, invented right here in Texas. We’ll take a short look at the pioneers of the past, the strong state of the present, and cast an eye towards the future.


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About Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.