Human rights heroes: A recap of session 11 of TEDGlobal 2014

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Fred Swaniker speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED Fred Swaniker speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

From a speaker helping to contain the ebola outbreak to an America lawyer standing up for rights in Afghanistan to a journalist cracking open the Nigerian media, Session 11: Fighters was filled with crackling talks. A recap:

Fred Swaniker kicks off the day with a bold vision for Africa’s future, which, he argues, rests squarely in the hands of the continent’s rising leadership. “Africa will rise or fall because of the quality of our leaders,” the TED Fellow and education entrepreneur says. Since independence, Africa’s nations have seen far too much warfare, corruption and human rights abuses at the hands of its leaders. There’s been some recent progress: though far from perfect, current leaders have stabilized the continent and “cleaned up the mess” of the previous generation. And they’ve laid the groundwork for the next group of leaders, whom Swaniker…

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“National boundaries are not respected by infectious diseases”: Chikwe Ihekweazu on the Ebola epidemic at TEDGlobal 2014

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Chikwe Ihekweazu speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/Ryan Chikwe Ihekweazu speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Ten years ago, epidemiologist Chikwe Ihekweazu helped fight an outbreak in South Sudan. This TED Fellow now runs the health consultancy EpiAFRIC, writes about public health issues in his native Nigeria, and is soon to start a four-week rotation on the ground fighting the Ebola epidemic. So as the outbreak continues, he sat down for a Q&A with Chris Anderson in Session 11 to give insights into what is happening and how concerned we all should be.

The first question: Can we get the scientific overview of what Ebola is and how it makes people sick?

Ihekweazu gives the disconcerting answer that, unlike some other viruses, we don’t know what the natural host is for Ebola. We do, however, know that in humans it is passed through contact with bodily fluids. We know that the disease has an incubation period…

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Bold expeditions: A recap of session 12 of TEDGlobal 2014

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Aakash Odedra performs at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED Aakash Odedra performs at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

In the final session of TEDGlobal 2014, Mighty spaces, we take four journeys — three to great expanses in the world, and one into our minds and hearts:

A low blue haze lights the stage as choreographer Aakash Odedra spins slowly. The light grows and his dance picks up — a mix of classical Indian forms and modern interpretations. Then, from a simple, whirling dance, Odedra’s performance becomes a storm of wind, light and fluttering papers, creating bird-like formations in the air and on the screen behind him — which he controls with a Kinect as he darts through the tempest. Beautiful and dramatic, Odedra’s dance fills the room with its pulsing presence.

French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has lived as a scientist, an author and the official French translator for the Dalai Lama. After years of talking with leaders…

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Best Thing I’ve Read This Week: Range of Motion by Meagan Cass

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Meagan Cass’ chapbook, Range of Motion, is filled with quiet moments of indecision, small pains, and good but misguided intentions. The characters peopling her stories are trying, really trying to do right by the other people in their families—indeed, Lindsey Hauck’s review on The Collagist says as much—but there remains an undercurrent of fate. The world is working against these people.

Rooted in realism with a touch of the fantastic, Cass invites you into a small world but one full of high stakes: one where kids advancing into an upper-level soccer league can lead their parents astray, one where a family dog only pushes a mother deeper into depression, one where a new hot tub drives a wedge further between a husband and wife. Cass’ attention to detail throughout magnifies the depth of these everyday sadnesses. A father works away at his exercise machine, eschewing almost everything else: “My…

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Photos to close out TEDGlobal 2014

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Bold, moving, challenging: TEDGlobal 2014 has just wrapped. Browse photos from the final two days of the conference, which headed South this year to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The TEDGlobal 2014 theater at sunrise. Photo: Ryan lash The TEDGlobal 2014 theater at sunrise. Photo: Ryan Lash

Sipho Moyo's parents were farmers and did everything they could to make sure that she lived a different life. Now, she's working to bring Africa agriculture into the 21st century. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Sipho Moyo’s parents were farmers and did everything they could to make sure that she lived a different life. Now, she’s working to bring African agriculture into the 21st century. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Fabien Cousteau in the shadow of the Aquarius, the underwater lab he lived in for 30 days. Photo: Fabien Cousteau Fabien Cousteau in the shadow of the Aquarius, the underwater lab he lived in for 31 days. Photo: Fabien Cousteau

The TED Fellows on a hike, overlooking the beach. Photo: Ryan Lash The TED Fellows on a hike, overlooking the beach. Photo: Ryan Lash

Vincent Moon shares his single-shot films of moments as diverse as a Sufi ritual in Chechnya and an ayahuasca journey in Peru. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Vincent Moon shares his single-shot films of musical moments like a Sufi ritual in Chechnya and an ayahuasca journey in Peru. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

At the TED-Ed animation workshop, attendees create their own stop-motion animation. Photo: Ryan Lash At the TED-Ed animation workshop, attendees create their own stop-motion animation. Photo: Ryan Lash

Chris Anderson leads a Q&A with Chikwe Ihekweazu, who has experience containing ebola outbreaks. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Chris Anderson leads a Q&A with Chikwe Ihekweazu…

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Sharon Younkin awarded the Partnership Award from Public Health of Madison/Dane County, Wisconsin

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Sharon Younkin, Community Service Program Director, UW School of Medicine
and Public Health, was awarded the Partnership Award from Public Health of
Madison/Dane County Wisconsin for her work with community partners in
creatively developing health outreach programs that result in meaningful
community learning experiences for UW Medical School students, providing
health and dental care to homeless and uninsured individuals, and offering
preventative health information and mentoring support for underserved and
at-risk populations in our community.

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Sharon has creatively initiated a number health related programs that impact
the health of our community and benefit the underserved and at-risk
populations. Through her role as Community Service Director at the UW School
of Medicine and Public Health, she has partnered with a number of community
organizations to create and match UW Medical School Students with six
community service programs. Programs include the Medic Clinic offering free
medical…

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