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TEDxUND 2014 to explore ‘Creating Knowledge Together’

Published: December 11, 2013 / Author: Julie Flory

The University of Notre Dame will present TEDxUND 2014, featuring a diverse lineup of
speakers exploring the topic “Creating Knowledge Together,” on Jan. 21
(Tuesday) in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Admission to TEDxUND 2014 is free, but tickets
are required. Applications are being accepted online until midnight Dec. 15
(Saturday) with 100 seats available for the live event in the Decio Theatre and
an additional 800 for a live stream broadcast that will be presented in
DeBartolo’s Leighton Concert Hall. Attendees will be selected by lottery and
must claim tickets at the DeBartolo box office 15 to 30 minutes prior to the

TEDxUND 2014 will be composed of two live
sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m., and will feature emceesCandida Moss,
professor of New Testament and early Christianity, and Hugh
R. Page Jr.
, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate
affairs, dean of First Year of Studies and professor of theology and Africana

  •   Jingting
    , Sophomore, Business, Sociology, and Actuarial Science; Foreign
    Aid and International Volunteering: Problems Behind the Vision of Service
  •   Michael
    , Graduate Student, Master of Nonprofit Administration; Don’t
    Miss the Trees for the Forest: Generating Small Data Can Solve Big
  •   JR Reagan,
    Principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP; The Face of Innovation: What
    Does an Innovator Look Like?
  •  Peter Keon
    Woo, Senior, Finance and Philosophy; The Value of a Paycheck and the
    Urgency of Now

The full list of scheduled topics and speakers
are as follows:

Morning session

  • “It’s
    Not All Sex and Violence: Cooperation in Human Evolution,” Agustin
    , professor of anthropology
  • “Creating
    Community Amid ‘Urban Decline’: A Study in Resurrection,” Claire Fyrqvist,
    2005 Notre Dame graduate
  • “Foreign
    Aid and International Volunteering: Problems Behind the Vision of
    Service,” Jingting Kang, undergraduate student
  • “Searching
    for the other 95% of the Universe: True Stories From the Energy Frontier,”
    , professor of physics
  • “Measuring
    Design Aesthetics: A Quantitative Challenge,” José E. Lugo, graduate
  • “Sharing
    Knowledge Through the Experience of Musical Performance,” Carmen-Helena
    , professor of conducting and director, Graduate Choral
    Conducting Program
  • “The
    Beautiful, Messy Democracy of Chamber Music,” Third Coast Percussion,
    ensemble-in-residence, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (morning and
    afternoon sessions)
  • “Changing
    the Hivemind: How Social Media Manipulation Affects Everything,” Tim Weninger, assistant professor
    of computer science and engineering
  • “Tourette
    Does the Talking,” Thomas J. White,
    undergraduate student
  • “The
    Value of a Paycheck and the Urgency of Now,” Peter Keon Woo, undergraduate

Afternoon session

  • “Learning
    to See: The Power of Visual Communication and Training the Eye,” Marie
    , graphic designer, University Communications; assistant
    professor, visual communication design
  • “Big
    Data for Common Good: Connecting the Dots for Patient-Centered Outcomes,” Nitesh Chawla, Frank Freimann
    Collegiate Chair of Engineering and associate professor of computer
    science and engineering
  • “Varieties
    of Democracy: Global Standard, Local Knowledge,” Michael
    , professor of political science and faculty fellow, Kellogg
    Institute for International Studies
  • “The
    Talk About Talent: Rapping About Rap,” Jake Makowski, undergraduate
  • “Connecting
    the Dots: Caring Education, Joyful Learning, and Human Integrity,” Maria
    , director of undergraduate studies, Department of Africana
  • “Don’t
    Miss the Trees for the Forest: Generating Small Data Can Solve Big
    Problems,” Michael Mesterharm, graduate student
  • “Evaluating
    the Role Culture Plays in Economic Outcomes,” Joel Ostdiek, undergraduate
  • “The
    Face of Innovation: What Does an Innovator Look Like?” J.R. Reagan,
    principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • “The
    Beautiful, Messy Democracy of Chamber Music,” Third Coast Percussion,
    ensemble-in-residence, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (morning and
    afternoon sessions)
  • “The
    Power of Vulnerability: Healing Through Portraiture,” Christa Grace
    Watkins, undergraduate student

TEDxUND 2014 is presented by Student Government, the DeBartolo
Performing Arts Center and Hesburgh Libraries,
with support from the Office of the Provost
and University Communications. More information
is available online at

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local,
self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like
experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark
deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized
events are branded TEDx, where x means an independently organized TED event.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but
individual TEDx events are self-organized, and are subject to certain rules and

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 U.K. 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.

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.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

For information about TED’s upcoming
conferences, visit

Contact: Paul Van Ness, event organizer,



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