Dr. Axelson provided these comments from students who heard me speak.
Tom. I found Jim Hicks’ talk to be incredibly interesting, despite having already read his book. His presence, as well as subtle humor, made the presentation thought provoking and gripping (I doubt anyone was falling asleep). I found the most important part of the presentation to be Hicks’ statement “The single biggest problem is confusion.” I think he is exactly right, so much of what we hear, as the American public, is contradictory to other “Scientific studies,” when really all the public needs to hear is “eat more plants, less meat.” To be honest, I don’t have very much to say in the form of criticism. I really enjoyed the talk, and I found the data and facts to be well cited and interesting. I was happy to attend this talk and meet him in person.
Kathryn. I really enjoyed Mr. Hicks’ talk this afternoon. I think he did an excellent job in conveying his points. He made a clear, concise argument that was easy to follow. I liked how he incorporated different authors and researches to strengthen his argument, including facts from a variety of fields and views. I also think his personal anecdotes strengthened his argument. Showing his grandchildren and his friends/colleagues portrayed a sense of realism. I thought these inclusions made Mr. Hick’s argument more personal and therefore more relatable; they showed he is truly passionate about the cause.
Ryan. I liked the urgency with which Mr. Hicks spoke. His visit felt more like a call to action than simply a passive presentation. He is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, but his constant recruiting language scattered throughout his speech was quite inspiring, leaving me with a sense of responsibility when I left the Rehm Library. Additionally, I enjoyed the relative simplicity of his major points. Global problems of such magnitude can be quite overwhelming, but including statistics and personal recommendations a 6th grader can understand resulted in a more relatable message and realistic course of action.
Caitlin Mr. Hicks is a compelling speaker, not only in his material, but also in the way he addresses his audience. His talk was informative, visually pleasing, and quite compelling. Overall, I thought that Mr. Hicks did a fantastic job conveying a strong message by presenting the audience with a variety of resource materials. By referencing texts that pertain to topics of human health and sustainability, Mr. Hicks made his message both general and accessible.
Bill. What I found most impressive about Mr. Hicks’ talk was first and foremost his apparent passion for the subject matter. The power behind his words makes his message very influential. The single most important point that Mr. Hicks made was on the sustainability of the planet. It was very clear, through his use of tangible statistics, that if we do not begin to change the way we go about eating, civilization will inevitably collapse. I thought he made a great argument that eating is much more about just the health of each individual, but is more about the bigger picture of the health and well being of our future offspring and civilization. The choices we make in this generation will either help the future world flourish, or devastate it.
Video from similar presentation in Tucson (9-21-13) Our Health. Our Planet. Our Future as a Species. After my 75-minute presentation, we selected 25 soundbites from the audio recording and created the following video/slideshow of my talk, including reactions from the crowd of 500.
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