Using powerful examples from her own life experiences, high school senior Halie Baker discusses the complexities, stereotypes and ultimately power associated with growing up as a young African American .
Hallie Baker is a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. Inspired by her own personal life experiences as a young African American, Hallie will share a message about the complexities and unfortunate realities associated with ethnic stereotyping. A statement from Hallie: “I want this message to reach their ears and tell them that there is nothing wrong with being who you are because other people do not define you. Only you can define who you are and what you want to make of yourself.”
“We will start inhabiting outer space,” says Angelo Vermeulen, crew commander of a NASA-funded Mars simulation. “It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen.” In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official work to make sure humans are prepared for life in deep space … and shares a fascinating art project in which he challenged people worldwide to design homes we might live in there.
Sara Reid studied with Annie Prutzman in the Living Lab where she found herself on a path that would take her into ethnobotany as a way to preserve or enhance habitats for native plants.
Background Lecture about Sara’s Work
Red Bud and Manzanita
Traditional uses of the plant include collecting the berries, drying them, and grinding them up into a coarse meal. Fresh berries and branch tips were also soaked in water to make a cider.
The word manzanita is the Spanish diminutive of manzana (apple). A literal translation would be little apple. The name manzanita is also sometimes used to refer to species in the related genus Arbutus, which is known by that name in the Canadian area of the tree’s range, but is more usually known as madroño, or madrone in the United States.Wikipedia
Indigenous Californians use the twigs of the western redbud to weave baskets, and even prune the shrub to encourage growth of new twigs. The bark provides a faint reddish dye for the finished basketry.Wikipedia
Deergrass was important to many Native American tribes who used its long seedstalks as the principal material in coiled baskets. Deergrass underwent an early form of cultivation by many California tribes who regularly burned areas to maintain stands of deergrass, and induce the production of long straight stalks for use in basketry. Each basket required over 3000 stalks, driving the need for cultivation It is believed that much of deergrass’s current distribution is due to propagation by Native Americans. Wikipedia
All parts of the buckeye or horse chestnut tree are moderately toxic, including the nut-like seeds. Native Americans used to crush the seeds and the resulting mash was thrown into still or sluggish waterbodies to stun or kill fish. They would then boil and drain (leach) the fish at least three times in order to dilute the toxin’s effects. New shoots from the seeds also have been known to kill grazing cattle. Wikipedia