Stimulate Your Mind at TEDxGeorgeSchool
June 3, 2015
Audience members at TEDxGeorgeSchool are in for a day of stimulating intellectual presentations and conversations. Curated by a dedicated group of faculty and staff, TEDxGeorgeSchool brings a variety of speakers from various backgrounds to discuss the future of education in the world. Speakers include authors Mark Whitaker ’75 and Emmy Laybourne ’89, among others.
Growing up as the daughter of the founder of Nickelodeon, author Emmy Laybourne describes her childhood and the foundation it gave her to view the media through a creative lens.
Mark Whitaker, author of the bestselling biography Cosby: His Life and Times is also the former managing editor of CNN and editor of Newsweek magazine, Mark will address the power of storytelling and the need for deeply told stories. Citing his own life experiences, Mark will describe how reporting the story of his family changed his views about his own life and how writing books has made him see how limited the daily media’s view of the “story” often is.
In addition to Emmy and Mark the day promises a number of other interesting talks including Emily Falk ’99 discussing the ways that concealed information in the brain can inform future behavior and decision making and Jake Malavsky ’15 identifying the ideal conditions for future classrooms. Also scheduled are Ama Karikari ’98, a published author, who will discuss how hair-bullying imperils our education system, and businessman John Norton who plans to address the challenges we face right now and those that our children will face in the future.
To learn more about the seventeen scheduled speakers and to apply to attend TEDxGeorgeSchool, visit http://www.tedxgeorgeschool.org.
About Our Sponsors
As we anticipate our first ever TEDxGeorgeSchool, it is important to recognize the crucial role that our TEDx Sponsors, Enterra and The Project for STEM Competitiveness, played in bringing this event to fruition. Without them, it is unlikely we could have gone forward, and we are very grateful for their willingness to fund this gathering of diverse intellectual and artistic exchange.
Enterra is bringing the promise and power of Big Data Analytics and Insights to industry, organizations, and governments. Through the Enterra Cognitive Reasoning Platform™, Enterra enables organizations to capture, curate and analyze vast amounts of complex and disparate data. This capability allows our clients to uncover and understand non-obvious relationships that lead to innovative new product development and innovation, heightened consumer understanding, enhanced supply chain execution, and more efficient and targeted consumer marketing. Enterra’s analytics and insights help the world’s leading brands and organizations operate smarter by finding higher meaning in data.
Project for STEM Competitiveness is committed to bring outcomes-measured STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education to both underrepresented and private-school populations through exciting and inspiring project-based learning. Key is an integrated community approach involving individuals from corporations, national laboratories, other governmental agencies, and other non-profit and philanthropic organizations throughout the United States. The Project hopes to create experiential learning through hands-on programs and materials that enrich the academic curriculum of schools and can be adapted to diverse school environments (e.g., urban, suburban, or rural) while taking advantage of involved local community resources to support STEM education.
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