The essence of a changing world: SGA to host TEDx, April 29


Feminista Jones speaks on Dr. King's legacy of radical activism Tuesday, Jan. 17 in French Auditorium.  

From 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 29, a TEDx event will be taking place in the French Auditorium on Central Michigan University’s campus. Multiple CMU students and faculty members will be speaking over the four hours with the general theme: The Essence of a Changing World.

”TedX is based on how to improve, how we can make a change in the world,” CMU sophomore and Student Government Association (SGA) member Carolina Hernandez Ruiz said. “We think that [our] topic is broad enough for people to talk about their personal passions and share with the world, and at the same time, focused enough for people to actually get something for the talk.”

From international students to the vice president and diversity officer at CMU, CMU and Mount Pleasant community members will have an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of individuals from a multitude of different backgrounds. 

According to Hernandez Ruiz, at the beginning of the semester, the Governmental Affairs committee within SGA started planning and preparing for this event. Throughout multiple stages of auditioning ideas, an entire host of potential speakers and pitches were whittled down to the nine listed on the website.

“Hopefully, the audience will gain something from it,” Hernandez Ruiz said. “Not just go to it to have some fun, but actually something from it for your personal life.”

According to TED’s website, with over 3000 events held annually, “TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover ‘ideas worth spreading.’“ These events are organized people who want to discover new ideas and to share the latest research on certain topics in their community. With live speakers or recorded TED Talks, these events are completely controlled by event organizers who abide by the traditional TED format and guidelines 

More information about CMU’s TEDx program or TED in general, can be found here.