St. Lawrence Hosts Third TEDx Live Event
By Tyler Senecharles '20
St. Lawrence University hosted its third live TEDxStLawrenceU event with 10 student, faculty and alumni speakers. The event took place on Saturday, March 9, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
TEDx is a student organized event that follows in the tradition of national TED events, with speakers sharing their original ideas to the St. Lawrence community. This year’s TEDxStLawrenceU theme, “Time to Change?” was chosen to open up a discussion about the different areas of our world that are changing. The presenters are focusing on answering the question, “How can we achieve change?”
Speakers and their topics include:
- Madelyn Lares ’19, “On Thin Ice”
- Madeleine Frank ’19, “The Art of Shit-Talking”
- Paul Doty, interim librarian for Special Collections, “Let Me Show You a Book”
- Adam Fox, assistant professor of psychology, “New Hope for Solving Problems of Human Behavior”
- Andy Chan ’14, “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work”
- Caitlin Smith ’16, “Autistic Awakening”
- Megan Carpenter, assistant professor of psychology, “Invisible Academics: Supporting LGBTQ+ Faculty and Students on College Campuses”
- Kate Songer ’19, “Filling Our Stomachs, Starving Our Planet”
- Karson Humiston ’15, "The Perfect Time to Start a Business: College"
- Brandon Moran ’19, “Dehumanization of Undocumented Immigrants”
In 2015, St. Lawrence students and faculty had the idea to host TEDx event. The event was eventually endorsed by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee then led and organized by St. Lawrence students. The first TEDxStLawrenceU took place in November 2016.
For more information, visit www.tedxstlawrenceu.com.
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.
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.com. 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 TED.com, 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 www.stlawu.edu.