I’ve been busy organizing TEDxBatesCollege over these past few weeks. What started as a mere impulse to apply for a license to bring TEDx to Bates last year grew into a team that is producing TEDxBatesCollege this Saturday, November 8th! The actual TED event was held in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada this year and word on the street was that tickets were extravagantly priced, which I find to be conflicting because the concept of disseminating information, exchanging knowledge and sharing ideas should technically be “accessible” to everyone regardless of social class.
That’s why I like TEDx events! It was an intention of mine not to charge for the event because having platforms to share stories and to have the opportunity to sit and listen is something that everyone should be able to appreciate and partake in!
We sold out on tickets for the events last night, but I have opened up an extra 30 floor tickets for anyone who may be interested but didn’t get around to the first batch that ran out. You can find tickets at: tinyurl.com/batesxted. After this, we’ll start opening a waitlist!
For news coverage and more information on who will be speaking:
Jalen Baker is a junior sociology major from Lancaster, Texas. In his discussion of the “transformative power of our differences,” he will draw on his personal experiences to underscore the importance of putting this concept into practice, and will examine factors that prevent us from being transformed by each other’s differences.
Julian Bardin of Madison, Conn., is a junior double-majoring in politics and studio art. Describing himself as “fascinated with working at the intersection between digital media and business to create products that positively affect people’s lives,” he will discuss the entrepreneurial ventures he has taken on and what they have taught him about engaging different people.
Allen Kendunga is a Bridge2Rwanda scholar and first-year student from Kigali, Rwanda, who plans to major in politics. Her TEDxBatesCollege talk, We Are All Rwandan: Lessons from Rwanda’s Post-Genocide Renewal, will offer insights from that nation’s history of ethnic division, the 1994 genocide and the civic transition of the past 20 years.
Olivia Krishnaswami of Seattle is a senior women and gender studies major. She was co-founder of a business, Sarifold, that empowers disadvantaged women in rural India by selling scarves that they make. Her TED talk will address the power of stories to shape behavior and culture, particularly around issues of race, gender and sexual trauma. This talk contains topics that may be triggering for survivors of sexual violence.
Akachukwu Obi is a senior studying chemistry and mathematics. Now a Lewiston resident, he grew up in Nnewi, Nigeria. After Bates, he plans to get a doctorate in chemistry and teach at the academic level. Exploring paths to self-knowledge through writing, his TED address is titled What childhood taught me about personal identity.
Phathutshedzo Rambau is a sophomore from Morebeng, South Africa. A 2013 graduate of the African Leadership Academy in Honeydew, South Africa, his TED talk will be about entrepreneurship and the challenges of bringing projects from idea to implementation.
Max Silverman of Tarrytown, N.Y., is a junior with an interdisciplinary major that combines sociology, politics and education. The founder of the Bates chapter of Active Minds, a national organization dedicated to raising campus awareness of mental health and stigmatization, Silverman will devote his TED talk to this topic, underscoring the importance of understanding mental illness as biological.
Cody Tracey is a senior Spanish major from Baltimore who is particularly interested in men’s engagement in feminist movements. He will discuss his summer 2013 experiences with the Men’s Initiative, a branch within the organization Jane Doe Inc., and his creation of a discussion guide — or “Guyde” — aimed to create thoughtful dialogue among boys and men around issues of sexism and hurtful behavior toward women.