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Masters students will tackle issues ranging from censorship to the intersections of race and power at TEDxTheMastersSchool, a TEDx event that will take place on The Masters School campus on Saturday, May 20.
All members of the School community are invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Fonseca Center’s Experimental Theater from 2:00-4:00 PM on May 20. About 100 audience members will be admitted to the Theater. However, overflow seating will be provided in the Sharon Room and the Davis Café, where the program can be viewed on video monitors. The event will also be livestreamed, with the link made available on Masters’ website.
During the event, a dozen Upper School students will present a broad range of thought-provoking topics with the ultimate goal of sparking conversation, engaging in civil discourse and raising awareness. The topics and presenters are:
“Family Secrets,” by Tulay Akoglu. This talk will explore violence and family secrets. How do families grapple with violent pasts? How do family traits and coping mechanisms get passed down to the next generations? How does migration and immigration help to complicate this narrative? Both personal and statistical data will be used to explore these questions.
“Diversity in the Corporate World,” by Ahnaf Taha. This presentation will focus on minority leadership in the technological industries: why is it lacking? What is being done to counter this reality? A study of youth outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will be undertaken to address possible solutions to this issue.
“Overcoming Anxiety,” by Jonas Kolker. This talk will explore the personal relationship with "the suck." How does one turn a diagnosis, such as generalized anxiety disorder, into activism, empowerment and coaching?
“Dyslexia and Privilege,” by Sam Coppola. This presentation will explore the services, particularly for learning-different individuals, that are based on economic circumstances. The speaker, diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, well understands the privileges she was afforded based on paid services.
“A Test-Tube Baby's Narrative,” by Heather Smith. This talk will trace the science of "test-tube babies" and look at its effect on the products of this science, the children produced from scientific breakthroughs, and their parents.
“Emergency Preparedness,” by Mao Inoue. This presentation will review the increasing threat of natural disasters and explore human preparedness and global cooperation. Scientific research and personal accounts will be addressed.
“Educating Girls: a Global Perspective,” by Sophie Brousset. This talk will explore the need for girls' education to remain at the center of development discussions. Research will focus primarily on Peru as a case study.
“Embracing the Façade,” by Julia Mathas. What does it mean to wear the mask? What does it mean to "be one's self?" This talk will explore the positive effects of constructing personae, especially during the teen years. Drama, psychological research and personal accounts will be incorporated into this presentation.
“Parenting Styles,” by Scout O'Donnell. This talk will explore the current trends in parenting science from both a sociological perspective and the point of view of children.
“Peace and Our Relationship with the Earth,” by Jared Foxhall. This presentation will explore various ways in which peace initiatives that involve working with the earth have been effective.
“Context, Bigotry and Privilege,” by Amanda Taylor. This talk will explore the various intersections of race and power within different contexts. The primary focus will be on Jamaica and the United States. Field research and personal accounts will be interwoven into this talk.
Computer Science/Political Science, by Kree Zhang. This talk will investigate the ways that teenagers use coded language and techniques to circumvent censorship, both governmental and parental. Comparisons will be made between American teens and Chinese teens. The ways in which teenagers have used technology to find a political voice will be central to this talk.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, in which x equals independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and are made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.