Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, will be the last day to apply to attend this year’s TEDxUConn. Returning to UConn, the 2015 conference is focused on “Deconstructing Humanity.” Within this spectrum, speakers will be addressing what it is that makes us human and how people range from actions for survival to those of compassion, according to the event’s website.
Stemming from TED talks, TEDx allows for communities to organize close-knit yet engaging conversations to provide a TED-like experience. As one might expect, the name stems from the base organization, “Ted,” the “x” means independently organized and the final word identifies the location. Although the UConn conference stems from the TED conference, the organizational group prides itself on its slighted separation from the original TED series.
This year’s UConn conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, in the Benton Museum of Art. Over the course of two sessions, 100 attendees will be inspired and challenged by a range of speakers from the UConn and surrounding communities. Funding from the university allows this to be a free event that allows for fruitful conversations to be discussed.
Applications to attend are due tomorrow, March 13. The application includes a short Google form questionnaire, and students selected accordingly; it can be found via the Daily Digest or on the TEDxUConn website. Attendees will undoubtedly be inspired by the enlightening conversations surely to stem from this experience.