What is TEDx?
x = Independently Organized Event
Last year, on September 23, 2017, Austin College hosted the second annual TEDxAustinCollege event. It featured members of the Austin College community as speakers, TED talks, lunch, and an interactive Discovery Depot to explore ideas worth spreading. The theme for this year’s event was Pieces of a Mosaic.
“As a mosaic is created from pieces of many sizes, colors, shapes, and elements, our global community includes individuals of diverse cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Coming together, we can fashion a masterpiece with our varying ideas, beliefs, functions, and potentials. How then can we inspire diverse individuals to join together to create a more beautiful world mosaic?”
Please email TEDx@austincollege.edu or call 903.813.2419 with questions.
TEDx Speakers 2017
“Literacy: The Great American Theft” Literacy is so foundational to innumerable aspects of our lives that it is difficult to navigate the world without it. It is precisely this that has made literacy a potent tool for racial oppression. The argument here is simple but transformative for our nation: literacy must be considered a civil… [Read More]
“What Part of You Will Live Forever?” What if your memories live on after you die? As humans, we seem hardwired to ask if our lives make a difference, and recent science suggests that, like magic, our experiences impact generations of people we will never meet. What part of you will live forever? Aaron White… [Read More]
“Paradigm Shift Toward Universal Compassion” A perspectives paradigm shift from conditional relationships to unconditional compassion, which can be found in the Buddhist tradition, promotes a more balanced world. We can empower our future generations to end the cycle of selfishness, inequality, and greed. Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan is chair and associate professor of religious studies at Austin… [Read More]
“We Aren’t Going to Mars” If we can’t keep Earth livable, we can’t make a dead rock in outer space livable and keep it that way. Thus, we’ve nowhere else to go. We must take care of this planet, but we aren’t. Why? We are using the wrong criteria for deciding when to act. Peter… [Read More]
“International Refugees in Texas: How They Get Here and What Happens Next” More than 70,000 refugees from 78 countries now call Houston home, making the city the largest refugee resettlement site in Texas and one of the largest in the U.S. Most of our refugees coming from Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria. Many… [Read More]
“First Glances and First Words” Is our identity defined solely on the basis of our culture and racial ethnicity? How we approach one another is often built on superficial images generated by society. Are you aware of your approach? And does this matter? Sierra Salser is a sophomore and an international relations major at Austin… [Read More]
“Paving the Way to Planetary Settlement” Mankind will becoming a multi-planet species with settlements on the Moon and Mars. It is not a question of “IF” but rather “WHEN.” This TED Talk will explore why we will soon establish an outpost beyond the Earth, how it might differ from man’s mission to the Moon during… [Read More]
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