Fairleigh Dickinson University to host TEDx event

“Why we care! - Global Challenges and Realities” is the theme of the upcoming Saturday, September 21 TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity event which will be held at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J.  We all care about something and speakers at TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity are going to share why they care about these ideas and these ideas are worth spreading. 
“Diversity of thought is a powerful thing. The whole purpose of this event is to showcase some of the things we are passionate about. Hopefully the passion for our ideas will inspire others,” says Deborah Fredericks, TEDx event organizer and associate dean of FDU’s Petrocelli College Division of Continuing Education. “All of our speakers are very excited that we are bringing TEDx to FDU.  They will be sharing their perspectives and revelations of the world and their vision of the future.’”

At TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Topics and speakers include:

  • “Global Education and the America Dream,” by Jason Scorza, vice provost for international education and political science professor at FDU. 
  • “Security and Liberty: Is Big Brother Alive and Well?” by William “Pat” Schuber, assistant professor of administrative science at FDU and former N.J. Assemblyman and Bergen County Executive.
  • “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit – What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do About It,” by Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate university librarian at FDU.
  • “Polling Fools,” by Peter Woolley, provost of the FDU’s College at Florham, professor of political science, and co-founder of PublicMind (FDU’s public opinion polling center). 
  • “The World in 2050… Are you ready?” by Eli Amdur, executive and career coach, FDU adjunct professor, and futurist.
  • "Caring for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One Through Terrorism,” by Mary Kay Stratis, widow of a victim of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombing and member of the FDU Board of Trustees. 

“TEDx events are great because they spark conversations about the important issues of our day,” says Kenneth T. Vehrkens, Dean of FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. “By bringing together these exciting and unique perspectives from our distinguished speakers, we can energize and inspire people to change their communities and the world.” 

TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity “Why We Care” will be on Saturday, September 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Giovatto Library Auditorium at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. The event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, or to register, go to http://fdu.edu/tedx or call 201-692-6500.  FDU is located at 1000 River Road, Teaneck, N.J. 07666.

About FDU
Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, go to www.fdu.edu.

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 = 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.)

About TED 
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning. 

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