TEDx Talks at Notre Dame

Julie Hail Flory | Dec. 10, 2013 | Notre Dame News

The University of Notre Dame will present TEDxUND 2014, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers exploring the topic “Creating Knowledge Together,” on Jan. 21 (Tuesday) in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Admission to TEDxUND 2014 is free, but tickets are required. Applications are being accepted online until midnight Dec. 15 (Saturday) with 100 seats available for the live event in the Decio Theatre and an additional 800 for a live stream broadcast that will be presented in DeBartolo’s Leighton Concert Hall. Attendees will be selected by lottery and must claim tickets at the DeBartolo box office 15 to 30 minutes prior to the event.

TEDxUND 2014 will be composed of two live sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m., and will feature emcees Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity, and Hugh R. Page Jr., vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, dean of First Year of Studies and professor of theology and Africana studies.

Scheduled topics and speakers are as follows:

Morning session

  • “It’s Not All Sex and Violence: Cooperation in Human Evolution,” Agustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology
  • “Creating Community Amid ‘Urban Decline’: A Study in Resurrection,” Claire Fyrqvist, 2005 Notre Dame graduate
  • “Foreign Aid and International Volunteering: Problems Behind the Vision of Service,” Jingting Kang, undergraduate student
  • “Searching for the other 95% of the Universe: True Stories From the Energy Frontier,” Kevin Lannon, professor of physics
  • “Measuring Design Aesthetics: A Quantitative Challenge,” José E. Lugo, graduate student
  • “Sharing Knowledge Through the Experience of Musical Performance,” Carmen-Helena Telléz, professor of conducting and director, Graduate Choral Conducting Program
  • “The Beautiful, Messy Democracy of Chamber Music,” Third Coast Percussion, ensemble-in-residence, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • “Changing the Hivemind: How Social Media Manipulation Affects Everything,” Tim Weninger, assistant professor of computer science and engineering
  • “Tourette Does the Talking,” Thomas J. White, undergraduate student
  • “The Value of a Paycheck and the Urgency of Now,” Peter Keon Woo, undergraduate student

Afternoon session

  • “Learning to See: The Power of Visual Communication and Training the Eye,” Marie Bourgeois, graphic designer, University Communications; assistant professor, visual communication design
  • “Big Data for Common Good: Connecting the Dots for Patient-Centered Outcomes,” Nitesh Chawla, Frank Freimann Collegiate Chair of Engineering and associate professor of computer science and engineering
  • “Varieties of Democracy: Global Standard, Local Knowledge,” Michael Coppedge, professor of political science and faculty fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
  • “The Talk About Talent: Rapping About Rap,” Jake Makowski, undergraduate student
  • “Connecting the Dots: Caring Education, Joyful Learning, and Human Integrity,” Maria McKenna, director of undergraduate studies, Department of Africana Studies
  • “Don’t Miss the Trees for the Forest: Generating Small Data Can Solve Big Problems,” Michael Mesterharm, graduate student
  • “Evaluating the Role Culture Plays in Economic Outcomes,” Joel Ostdiek, undergraduate student
  • “The Face of Innovation: What Does an Innovator Look Like?” J.R. Reagan, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • “The Beautiful, Messy Democracy of Chamber Music,” Third Coast Percussion, ensemble-in-residence, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • “The Power of Vulnerability: Healing Through Portraiture,” Christa Grace Watkins, undergraduate student

TEDxUND 2014 is presented by Student Government, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Hesburgh Libraries, with support from the Office of the Provost and University Communications. More information is available online at TEDx.nd.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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