St. Lawrence to Host Its Second TEDx Live Event

St. Lawrence University will host its second live TEDxStLawrenceU event with eight students, faculty and alumni speakers, beginning at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Gulick Theatre. Tickets can be reserved online for free.

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 will be hosted by Assistant Director of Career Services Tiara Davis ’14 and Residential Coordinator Maverick Cummings and will feature the theme of “Truth.” Each speaker will have up to 15 minutes to present his or her talk.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Peter Bailey '82, “The Hero's Journey”
  • Thomas Elcock '19, "On Passion"
  • Gabriella Gurney '18, "Just Eat More"
  • Jeff Maynes, "On Bullshitting Ourselves"
  • Kelly O'Connell '08, “Believe You Me: How the Scientific Method Might Change Your Mind
  • Mougheis Umar '20, “Why You Should Take a Risk to Break Down Pre-existing Social Institutions”
  • Ndirangu Warugongo '18
  • Grace Wetzel '19 “Let’s Talk About Sex: The Reality of Sexual Pleasure Disparity”

The event is being organized by the TEDxStLawrenceU student organization. The idea for hosting a TEDx event at St. Lawrence originated in 2015 with several students, faculty and staff and was eventually endorsed by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The first TEDxStLawrenceU took place in November 2016.

Tickets for the event are available to reserve for free online. The event will also be streamed live on the Internet. For more information, to reserve a ticket or to watch the livestream on Feb. 3, visit

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.

About St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit