UWC-USA will host its first ever TEDx event in November featuring nationally acclaimed and student speakers. Organized under the theme FORWARD, the event seeks to address problems and issues that impede forward progress. Internationally recognized journalist, David Barsamian, will speak on the media and the challenges it faces in an ever-changing world. Best known for his collaborations with Noam Chomsky, Barsamian brings over fifty years of experience and advocacy to bear on his topic. Other speakers include Kristina Yu, a professor of architecture from the University of New Mexico, who will be addressing the power of imagination and design. TEDx UWC-USA will also feature seven student speakers from highly diverse backgrounds who will share their perspectives on topics ranging from cultural appropriation to a “zero waste lifestyle.”

Sponsored by UWC-USA’s Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict, this event has been organized to a very high degree by students. Franziska Balzer ’19 is excited to see the program come together and feels it reflects the UWC mission. “While UWCers typically want to get right to the action part of making the world a better place and solving problems, the speakers and topics we’ve lined up will help us move forward more deliberately and thoughtfully.”

This event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live via Facebook

When: November 17 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm (intermission from 2:50 – 3:30 pm)

Where: Kluge Auditorium on the UWC-USA campus

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