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National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, entrepreneur Robbi Anthony among TEDxSpokane speakers

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Ferris High School’s Mandy Manning, who teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students and has been named National Teacher of the Year, poses for a photo in her former Ferris classroom, May 15, 2018. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Ferris High School’s Mandy Manning, who teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students and has been named National Teacher of the Year, poses for a photo in her former Ferris classroom, May 15, 2018. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

“How do we cultivate the skills and mindsets necessary to see beyond the limits of our own egos and aspirations?

How do we set aside the habits of mind and judgment long enough to see into the world beyond ourselves?

How does the world beyond ourselves compel us to action for the common good?”

On Saturday at the Bing Crosby Theater, 13 speakers will answer those questions through a variety of presentations as part of TEDxSpokane.

The theme of this year’s TEDxSpokane is “Beyond Ourselves.”

This year’s speakers include 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, speaking about serving refugee and immigrant students and communities, Power 2 the Poetry’s Bethany Montgomery, biology professor Brook Swanson, speaking about “radical collaboration,” Come Nzibarega, sharing insight into refugee camps, entrepreneur, transgender activist and business owner Robbi Anthony, who is running for county commissioner, calling for more community and compassion and the Spokane Interfaith Council’s Skyler Oberst.

The event will also feature videos of TED Talks by musician/comedian Reggie Watts, Neha Narula, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, lecturer and author Rachel Botsman and comedian James Veitch.

TEDxSpokane is an independently organized TED event that began in 2012.


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