TEDxTU to explore ‘unlearning’

November 8, 2013 10:00 AM

New Wave staff

The fourth annual TEDxTU conference on Tuesday (Nov. 12) “celebrates the process of ‘unlearning’ and the revelations that it produces,” says Mary Bryan, a public health student who is co-curator of the event. It will feature nine speakers, including activists, entrepreneurs, Tulane students and faculty members, from 6 until 8 p.m. in Dixon Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus.

Tulane President Scott Cowen at TEDxTU

Tulane President Scott Cowen was a key speaker at last year’s TEDxTU conference. (Photo from the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching)

The student-run conference highlights the motto of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): “ideas worth spreading.”

“This year, the theme of the event is ‘Unlearning,’ which is described as breaking down the concepts and perceptions that are taken for granted in an attempt to reach new understanding and perspective,” Bryan says.

“With applications ranging from how we view women and justice, to changing a part of your identity, this year’s speakers will be sure to challenge and inspire audience members.”

Guest speakers will include Sally Kenney, executive director of the Newcomb College Institute and Tulane political science professor; senior Mwende Katwiwa, a spoken word artist who performs as FreeQuency; senior Ophir Haberer, sustainable development activist; freshman Roxanne Heston, who works with the effective altruism movement; Shira Abramowitz, who works with Summit, a community designed with the vision of creating an epicenter of innovation in Utah; Nick Sarillo, author and founder of Nick’s Pizza & Pub; Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, founder and president of Son of a Saint Foundation; arts activist Todd Shaffer; and Jerry DeWitt, author and former minister.

Registration is required for the event. General admission passes are free, and limited VIP passes ($10 each) include a reserved seat at the front of the venue and a meal at the reception after the 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.

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