Bakersfield College

Renegade Talks

Come to the Simonsen Performing Arts Center Indoor Theater at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, April 10th, 2018) for Renegade Talks, a series of presentations based on the TED Talks format. All ages are welcomed to this free event. A list of presenters and their topics is below.

Renegade Talks 2018 Presentations

Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum: A Fork in the Academic Road

Presenter: Joe Saldivar, Professor of Biology

Dr. Joe will describe a specific part of a cell and how it embodies the link between academic maturity and social maturity in a hilarious and entrancing ten-minute speech.

Manners and Today's Society

Presenter: Teena Bensusen, Current BC Student

Using a bit of humor and honest talk, Bensusen unlocks what has contributed to the change in manners and what we can do to make things better.

Black Masculine Identity

Presenter: Julian James West, Equity Specialist and Academic Advisor

In a riveting speech West examines the complexity and origins of the masculine identity of black men in America. Be advised that there is a trigger warning for discussion of death or dying.

Rolling the Dice: Should I Play Board Games with my Husband or Should I Get a Divorce?

Presenter: Chris Cruz-Boone, Professor of Communication

This heartbreaking, yet inspirational talk offers a unique conflict resolution strategy for couples looking to save their marriage. Be advised that there is a trigger warning for discussion of violence.

Twelve Seconds

Presenter: Amber Smithson, BC student

In an emotionally stirring speech, Smithson proves we need to understand the underlying causes of suicide, signs to look for, and most importantly, tells us what we can do to help. Be advised that there is a trigger warning for discussion of suicide, death or dying.

The Burden of Freedom

Presenter: Daniel Mechem, BC student

This enthralling speech will educate and challenge you to do your part in this time of lies, fake-news, and distrust.