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Fitchburg State hosts TEDx Talk on Saturday, March 22

Posted 03/13/14

UPDATED: The TEDx Talk from Fitchburg State can now be viewed online. Visit here to see the presentations.

Variations on the theme of perseverance will be explored by speakers including Mayor Lisa Wong when Fitchburg State University hosts a TEDx event on Saturday, March 22. The theme is inspired by Fitchburg State’s official motto, perseverantia.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

Scheduled presenters at the independently organized TEDx event at Fitchburg State include:

  • Katie and Sarah Comeau – The sisters, both students at Fitchburg State, will share their personal stories of recovery and support and how that factors into their future plans.
  • Laura Garofoli – A member of Fitchburg State’s psychological science faculty, Garofoli will discuss the emergence of food allergies and their impact.
  • Jonathan Hobbs – Hobbs, a history major at Fitchburg State, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998 that left him paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He will talk about how the injury forced him to change his life’s direction and led him to new passions.
  • David Lane – A teacher at Leominster High School, Lane will discuss effective education reform and how it must create student-centered learning environments.
  • Ben Lieberman – Lieberman is a history professor at Fitchburg State. His talk will look at the banality of saying “never again” to genocide and what a real effort to prevent such atrocity would entail.
  • Nicole Lucia – A Fitchburg State student, Lucia is an aspiring educator with a deep interest in the welfare and visibility of youth and the queer community. Her talk will explore relationships in the queer community and the high number of unhealthy and abusive relationships within it.
  • Coelynn McIninch – McIninch is an artist and photographer (and Fitchburg State staff member) whose talk will look at how the human mind creates form out of nothingness. She has examined this theme through a multi-layered art project that explores how the human mind constructs visuals and how interacting with virtual space is forcing us to use language to replace sensory input.
  • Rose Pavlov – Pavlov, the founder and president of Ivy Child International, a Massachusetts-based non-profit whose mission is “helping each child achieve their best.” Her talk will look at children as ambassadors of social change.
  • Lisa A. Wong – Wong is serving her third term as the mayor of Fitchburg. She was first elected to that office in November of 2007 at the age of 28, and is the youngest female mayor and first Asian female mayor in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Financial stability is one Mayor Wong’s top priorities, and she has built up a stabilization fund and balanced municipal budgets. By managing more effectively in lean times, Mayor Wong has been able to lower crime, make significant capital improvements, and attract private investment.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat," where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattan event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit the registration page on the TED website.

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