These are the things that TEDx Hendrix College sought to explore in the 2015 edition of the conference at Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.
The event’s emcee was Arkansas business journalist and Hendrix College graduate Roby Brock.
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Dan McAdams explored the origins of personality. He talked about the point where “In the Beginning” and “Once Upon a Time” converges.
Meg Bourne-Hulsey, battling a fever, bravely discussed the role that creativity has in our lives, how it can transform education and a child’s life. She believes that, at our very origin, all children have creativity, a creativity that, if we aren’t careful, we lose as adults.
David Corcoran, retired editor of Science Times, a New York Times weekly science section, explored the origins of journalism as it is practiced by the nation’s largest paper. Can journalism survive? Can it remain true to its origins? He took the audience through a journey of the history of the New York Times and posed the question of the future of journalsim.
Jo Luck, former President and CEO of Heifer International, explored the origins of human dignity. How can a person have human dignity, feel human dignity, when he or she is struggling with hunger. She shared her journey that led her to various parts of the world and various exotic cuisines, as she helped deliver hope and human dignity to those who did not have either.
Hendrix College student Chirag Lala talked about the lessons he learned while visiting Rwanda to study economic development. Lala talked about the necessary components that must be put in place to help return the Rwandan economy to help its people.
Dr. Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, professor and Director of Research and Evaluation Division in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences explored the role of Toxic Stress in the development of a child’s young life. How do we help these children develop more fully, with less toxic stress? She explained that the things that happened at such a young age, at the beginning of a child’s life, can affect them within the span of 30 years and have a profound impact.
Hendrix College graduate and singer/songwriter, Dana Falconberry, explored the origin of a song. Where does a song come from? After her vast research, surveying her songwriter friends, she concluded that “they really don’t know.” Dana likes to sing songs about nature and wildlife, and she is very interested in birds, and how they suddenly take flight for the first time. Falconberry sang a few songs for the group, including during her presentation.
Doug Blackmon discussed the Origins of Ferguson. Blackmon went back to the beginnings of our nation’s troubled history with slavery and discussed what it meant to be “created equal” during that time versus what it means to us now. Blackmon claims that the origins of Ferguson traces back to the beginning of slavery in this country.
Hendrix President Dr. William M. Tsutsui talked about the origins of monsters. Dr. Tsutsui has spent many years studying modern Japanese history including Godzilla.
In addition to the live presentations, the audience was treated to two different video presentations. In one, we learned the best and worst way to give a TEDx Talk. In the other presentation, we learned about the ambiguous X which seems to represent “that which we do not know.”
The TEDx Hendrix College is put on by students each year and they have done a fantastic job. Hendrix College Science Professor Dr. George Harper serves as the Faculty Advisor and the TED Licensee.
TEDx Hendrix College is an independently organized TED event designed to stimulate the discussion of “ideas worth sharing.”