TEDxStLawrenceU Announces Speakers for Nov. 12 Event

TED enthusiasts at St. Lawrence University will soon be able to experience a live TEDx event on campus. Eleven speakers – faculty, students and alumni – have been selected to present talks at the first TEDxStLawrenceU on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The campus event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in Peterson-Kermani Hall in the Griffiths Arts Center.

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TEDx is a local, self-organized event that follows in the tradition of national TED events, with speakers sharing inspiring and thought-provoking ideas worth spreading. This year’s TEDxStLawrenceU theme is “In Pursuit of Harmony.” Each speaker will have nine minutes to present his or her talk.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Hannah Van Sickle ’96, “Shedding Conventions at Mid-Life”
  • Rutendo Chabikwa ’17, “When Life Serves You Curve Balls”
  • Karim Creary ’17, “Am I Being a Jerk?”
  • Anabel Encarnacion ’17, “The Afro-Hyphen: Understanding Black Identities”
  • Adam Hill, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, “Artificial Photosynthesis”
  • Lauren Liebhaber ’12, “Harmony’s Seat at the Table”
  • Deena McCullough ’84, “An Act of Generosity”
  • Jeffrey McLean, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Mathematics, “The Need for Statistical Literacy”
  • Connor Pease ’18, “Why Do We Reject Globalization?”
  • Abigail Smith, ’19, “Finding Your Voice in an Extraverted Society”
  • Alyssa Stahrr ’19, “Sixty Seconds Apart”

The event is being organized by the TEDxStLawrenceU student club. The idea for hosting a TEDx event at St. Lawrence originated with several students, faculty and staff and was endorsed by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as desired campus programming for 2016-17. After an intensive application process with TED, TEDxStLawrenceU was approved in May.

“In addition to embracing and celebrating the diversity of thought, we’re excited to have a national outlet to celebrate fellow Laurentians in their ‘Pursuit of Harmony,’”said, Brenda Papineau, director of Community Based Learning and co-chair of the programming subcommittee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “It’s important that we acknowledge the initiative by our students to establish such an enriching platform for the campus community, as well as their continued passion and commitment in moving this endeavor forward.”

Per TEDx rules, St. Lawrence’s first event is restricted to 100 people in attendance. Those interested in attending can complete an application online. Tickets will be free of charge. Out of respect for the recording process, attendees will be expected to attend the entire event. All talks will be recorded and submitted for approval by TED. Once approved, they will be available for viewing and sharing online.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

St. Lawrence University alumnus Brian Bell ’05 spoke on “Breaking the Stereotype: IT Guy, Reconsidered” at TEDxFlourCity in 2012.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.