TEDxGrinnellCollege Announces Speaker Line-up for Nov. 3

October 31, 2018

Time: 1-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3
Place: Roberts Theatre, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell

Event Information

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, features seven talks from selected alumni speakers under the theme of “Turn on the Light.” The theme, designed to shed light on topics and ideas that rarely get to take center stage, aligns with the College’s commitment to exploring issues of purpose, responsibility, and justice on campus and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited to participate.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

“Since our first event in 2014 – when Meghna Usharani Ravishankar ’17 spearheaded the idea to bring TEDx to Grinnell College – we have learned a lot from hosting two TEDx conferences,” says Robert Ludwig, TEDx licensee and co-organizer of this year’s conference, along with Megan Tcheng ’19.

Event Sponsor

The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership


Alumni speakers and the titles of their talks at TEDxGrinnellCollege 2018 are:

  • Jody Haymond ’67, “Deafness is Just Another Reality.”
  • Kenji Yoshino ’11, “Defining Success and Not Caring What Other People Think”
  • Adam Lange ’11, “Think Like a Lawyer”
  • Jen Jacobsen ’95, “Three Little Words”
  • Sam Offenberg ’14, “When School is the Only Safe Place”
  • Lucinda Ellert ’76, “Growing New Roots: Exploring an Authentic American Orchestral Repertoire”
  • Béalleka ’95, “Radical Empathy Disrupts Entitlement”

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