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October 19 + Free Adventure

Rethinking How We Gather

The pandemic has disrupted how we meet in historic ways. But as we venture into our “new normal” do we want to return to our old, inherited ways of coming together – or is this an opportunity to rethink how we gather? Join TEDxMileHigh and several expert-gatherers to explore how to create meaningful gatherings – whether it be your next meeting, in your classroom, or dinner party.

Tuesday, October 19  /  6:00 – 8:00PM MST 

General Assembly at Industry RiNo Station

3858 Walnut Street Denver, Colorado 80205


R. Alan Brooks (he/him) teaches writing for Regis University’s MFA program and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He created and wrote the graphic novels, “The Burning Metronome” and “Anguish Garden,” and hosts the popular “MotherF**ker In A Cape” Podcast. He writes a weekly comic, “What’d I Miss?,” for The Colorado Sun, and has written comic books for Pop Culture Classroom & Zenescope Entertainment. Alan is a musician, stage host, and emcee. His TEDxMileHigh talk, When the world is burning, is art a waste of time? was featured on and has over 1.5 million views.

Katerina Jeng (she/her) is a Filipina-Taiwanese-American poet, community organizer, and creative entrepreneur. Her mission is to lead us into a new paradigm world through humble service that is abundantly joyful, pleasurable, and free. Katerina is the co-founder and Strategic Director of Spectacle, a marketing agency paving the way for representation and inclusion. She is the co-founder and co-leader of Slant’d, a storytelling collective that cultivates the community Asian Americans want, need, and deserve. 
Stacy Lambatos (she/her) is the founder of CAYA Studios. Lambatos has worked with hundreds of executives, celebrities and colleagues and has witnessed those who have honed their craft the best and draw others in were the ones that knew themselves from the inside and were comfortable in their own skin. CAYA brings together the most progressive teachers, experiences and products to inspire humans in every environment to become more present, aware, thoughtful and kind to themselves and one another.

Pedro Silva (he/him) is a USAF Veteran and trained linguist who currently serves as an Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church Boulder, UCC. He has a passion for using expansive conversational models to engage subjects such as spirituality, race, ethnicity, and political discourse. He is a poet, blogger, and burgeoning rapper. His writings can be found at and


October 20 Free + Virtual Event

How environmental toxins impact your dog

Canaries in the coalmine? More like boxers in the backyard! Dogs are affected by environmental toxins just like people are, and Dr. Lauren Trepanier is here to share her research about it — specifically Lymphoma and Bladder Cancer. Whether your dog is sick or not, you’ll learn some helpful tips to keep your dog (and other pets!) out of harm’s way.

This event is presented in collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation.

Wednesday, October 20  /  6:00 – 7:00PM MST  /  Free + Virtual

Dr. Lauren Trepanier has 23 years of experience as a PI conducting research on individual and environmental risk for adverse drug reactions and environmental cancers. She earned her DVM with distinction from Cornell University, completed residency training at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and obtained a PhD in Pharmacology, also at Cornell. She has been honored with the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher award, and the Walter Renk Distinguished Professor award at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison.  She is PI on a CTSA Innovation Award from NIH to support the inclusion of more veterinarians in translational research.

October 27 Free + Virtual Event

Why dogs get arthritis and how to prevent it

You probably know someone with arthritis. 70% of older adults have it. But it affects dogs too. How do we keep our puppers active and healthy long term? Dr. Felix Duerr is here with non-surgical tips to prevent and alleviate arthritis in your dog (bonus: it applies to people too!).

This event is presented in collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation.

Wednesday, October 27  /  6:00 – 7:00PM MST  /  Free + Virtual


Dr. Felix Duerr oversees the orthopedic medicine and mobility service at CSU and is passionate about finding new treatment options for animals with mobility concerns. He believes that clinical research can not only improve the health of individual animals but also make a difference for other pets and the people on the other end of the leash. His passion is solving musculoskeletal problems that impact quality of life, and he has a particular interest in injury prevention and osteoarthritis. Dr. Duerr completed his veterinary degree in Germany followed by internships in Canada and a surgery residency at CSU. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

November 6 Free + Virtual Event for Families

Escape the Disaster: A Virtual Adventure

Join FEMA and TEDxMileHigh for a virtual Adventure where you and your family can put your disaster preparedness skills to the test. Through an interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, you and your child will learn how to best prepare for future disaster events – including giant gummy bears!

This Adventure is tailored for children ages 6-9 and is a family-friendly event. Parents/Guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Blank sheets of paper and markers/crayons/colored pencils will be needed. Sign up early before registrations reach capacity!

If you require an accommodation or an alternative format of information such as American Sign Language interpretation or another format, please submit your request via email with subject line “TEDx Adventure Accommodation” to [email protected] by October 27, 2021.

For questions on the Adventure, please email Terri Baumann at [email protected].

Saturday, November 6  /  10:00 – 11:00AM MST  /  Free + Virtual


FEMA helps people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 8, headquartered in Denver, includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 29 Tribal Nations.