News From Masters
The Masters School is excited to announce that it will hold its second TEDx event on Friday, May 18 at 4:00 PM in the Fonseca Center's Experimental Theater. Ten Upper School students will tackle such issues as prejudice, feminism, mindfulness, and the American Dream.
All members of the School community are invited to attend the event. Admission to the Experimental Theater will be on a first-come, first-served basis until a maximum capacity of 100 audience members is reached. However, a livestream of the event and overflow seating will be provided in the Morris Recital Hall next to the Experimental Theater. You may also view the event remotely through this link.
During the event, the speakers will present a diverse range of thought-provoking topics with the ultimate goal of sparking conversation, engaging in civil discourse and raising awareness. The topics and presenters are:
"Lederhosen and Thieves: Understanding Prejudices," by Emanuel (Manu) Adamiak. Manu, who notes that he has a strong connection with the topic, says his talk will address prejudices and stereotypes being implemented in today's world. He will elaborate on the historical and psychological backgrounds of prejudices, while sending a message to society about how to overcome stereotypes.
"Alone, Together: How Technology Separates Us," by Henry Williams. Henry says that although the internet purports to keep us in closer contact, technology is actually pulling us apart, putting up barriers in social circles that keep us in our own separate digital worlds. Henry's talk will argue that fundamentally, our technology status quo is manipulating our psychology, fracturing our culture, and making us—young people especially—profoundly unhappy. Despite this crisis, he says, there are reasons for optimism: that technology is becoming more "human," that the world of internet subcultures can nurture the lonely, and that we will someday be able to define healthy digital identities.
"Is Ignorance Truly Bliss?" by Rachel Aideyan. Rachel sums up the focus of her talk in this way: Ignorance is not simply good or bad. It all depends on the situation, where your mind is at in a particular situation, and your perception of that situation. Whether your situation is good or bad, there is a way to use ignorance as an advantage, to gain knowledge, to not be so miserable.
"Everyday Sexism: the Tragedy of Moments," by Evelyn Sabety. According to Evelyn, many believe we currently live in a post-feminist world, and that the worst inequalities are over. But blatant misogyny is solely one piece to the massive puzzle of oppression our world faces today, she argues. In her talk, Evelyn will discuss everyday sexism. From catcalling to internalized misogyny, she will use her experiences and many other women's experiences to delve into the intricate reality of sexism and how recent empowerment movements have affected it today.
"The Faults in Our Feminism: A Discussion about Teenage Hookup Culture," by Grace Rosner. Grace's talk will focus on a new way of looking at feminist movements in the past and how we can reform hookup culture to foster positive and healthy sexual experiences for teens.
"Knowing Ourselves through the Natural World," by Sophie Cohen. In her talk, Sophie will speak about wildlife science and psychology. She will intertwine these topics, using funny dog videos and examples of gorillas using sign language, and offer an explanation of how it is better to accept the fact that we don't know something rather than assuming that we do. She will discuss such topics as anthropomorphism and comparing human and animal cognition, and encourage audience members to reflect on their roles in the workings of the natural world.
"Unknown Identity: The Untold Life of a Donor-Conceived Person," by Lizzy Forman. Lizzy will address her privilege as a member of a new generation of kids conceived through the use of sperm banks, and the challenges of growing up with no idea whose DNA lived within her. Lizzy is an advocate for donor-conceived people across the U.S. and has helped create and gather a group for donor-conceived people in New York and surrounding areas. She will attempt to reach out to people from all walks of life and help them understand what it means to be donor-conceived and struggling with identity, whether one is aware of being donor-conceived or not. This is a community that has been buried since its conception, says Lizzy, who adds that she will do her best to reveal it and give the audience new insight into donor-conceived friends, family and loved ones.
"My 50 States: Finding an America Worth Loving," by Eli Emery. Eli's talk will focus on finding an authentic American dream and a true sense of pride in the "American experiment." As a student of politics, Eli says, he has long noticed a sense of apathy or anger surrounding recent developments in the United States, a sense that has caused some to reject the American Dream in its entirety. He argues for the opposite tendency: an enlightened patriotism that highlights and celebrates the diversity of America's people, and the possibility of its future.
"Journeying into the Present: My Experience with Mindfulness," by Drew Schott. In his talk, Drew will explore living in the moment as a concept, ways in which individuals can achieve it, examples of living in the moment, and why it is important to be present. Drawing on his personal experience, Drew will explain how living in the moment has changed the way he sees his surrounding environment and how it has shaped the way that he goes about living. As he has developed in his mindfulness, Drew says, he has not only become more peaceful, but has also found ways to slow down and be able to appreciate the current moment, no matter how stressful the situation. Personal anecdotes, along with examples of mindfulness in our society, in addition to the research of experts on living in the moment, will be interwoven into his talk.
"Re-Creating: Creativity, Development and Why We Lose It," by Annie Rubinson. Recalling her long history of balancing left- and right-minded activity, Annie's talk will explore the benefits of maintaining creativity as we age by incorporating self-expression into everyday life. She hopes to emphasize the importance of exposure to creative outlets in the development of innovative thinking skills, and also wishes to explain how she believes we can reverse the concerning epidemic of deteriorating generational creativity. Annie will use various scientific studies, along with personal anecdotes, to convey her ideas.
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.