News Brief: TEDTalks at U of C

Vice president student life Matt Diteljan is planning on bringing TEDx Talks to the U of C. TEDx Talks feature local speakers with wisdom to share. Linked to the larger organization of TEDTalks, an online website where you can watch talks from people with “ideas worth spreading.”

TEDTalks began in 1996 by American magazine publisher Chris Anderson. The aim of TEDTalks, according to their website, is “to provide a platform for the world’s smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future.”

The organization is now owned by the non profit Sapling Foundation.

TEDx events are organized independently at a community level. The U of C TEDx event is expected to happen at the university in March of 2012. The event is currently in its early planning stages.

There is no word yet on who the speakers will be or any exact dates, but Diteljan does have a vision for this event. “I’m holding the event because it is a great opportunity for students to hear some inspirational speakers they wouldn’t normally hear,” he said.

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