TEDxUMontana: exciting ideas at the University of Montana
Chris Comer serves as Dean of UM’s College of Arts & Sciences.
Why did you want to speak at TEDxUMontana?
To test myself, and to help spread ideas about which I am passionate.
What was your reaction when you found out you were selected as a speaker?
I was very pleased, with a bit of trepidation thrown in. That reaction deepened when I saw the wonderful list of other speakers.
What inspires you about TED talks?
The fact that there are now many, but no two are alike . . . there are so many good ideas out there!
How do you want to change the world?
Everyday I see evidence that we still have (at least) two cultures in academia and in our culture: one humanistic, the other scientific. If we can break through the cognitive barriers between advocates of each, and stimulate more shared work and enjoyment between the two mind-sets, it will make for a happier and more survivable world.
What are you passionate about beyond your work?
My family: Linda and Nico, and Patrick, Joseph, Sarah and Colin. Baseball and my team, the White Sox (OK it’s not a great year to be a Sox fan), figure high on the list. I am also an avid reader of fiction (no surprise when you hear my TED talk) and I’m a bit obsessed with aviation – I pay attention to planes the way bird watchers track unusual species of our winged friends.