TEDTalk Tuesday: Hayley Levitt, “Who Decides What Art Means?”

In this TEDEd video, Hayley Levitt discusses art and its definition. This video has important implications for college students who have to navigate expectations every day. When do we follow what others believe we should do and when do we strike out and forge a new path? While this video is interesting in its own… Continue reading TEDTalk Tuesday: Hayley Levitt, “Who Decides What Art Means?”

TEDTalk Tuesday: Rebecca Hwang’s “The Power of Diversity Within Yourself”

Rebecca Hwang discusses identity in her TEDTalk “The Power of Diversity Within Yourself.” Hwang uses her personal experience within living an international life to talk about the power embracing multiple identities. Rather than look to find commonalities with individual groups, she looks to bring different groups together through the different parts of her identity. Hwang encourages… Continue reading TEDTalk Tuesday: Rebecca Hwang’s “The Power of Diversity Within Yourself”

TED Talk Tuesday: Kathryn Schulz, “On Being Wrong”

Kathryn Schulz, a writer for The New Yorker, is considered a “wrongologist.” She is focused on the way humans tend to reject the notion that they can be and are often wrong. The idea that we are always right, according to Schulz, is a big social problem. She notes, rather profoundly, that the actual act… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Kathryn Schulz, “On Being Wrong”

TED Talk Tuesday: Margaret Heffernan, “Dare to Disagree”

Margaret Heffernan, a business woman, says conflict is a good thing. She says collaboration in which constructive conflict is created leads to greater certainty in ideas. She argues that conflict leads to the very best thinking. To create constructive conflict, we must first find people to collaborate with who are different from ourselves and we… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Margaret Heffernan, “Dare to Disagree”

TED Talk Tuesday: Heather Lanier

Heather Lanier challenges the labels we give situations in her TED Talk “‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Are Incomplete Stories we tell Ourselves.” These labels, she says, can blind us from the truth of situations, simply relying on the label we’ve given it. She said we should approach situations with “wonder” and “curiosity.” Lanier shares a poignant… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Heather Lanier

TED Talk Tuesday: Javed Akhtar

The Indian writer Javed Akhtar says words have power. In his TED Talk, he discusses the peculiar nature our labels and symbol and the total lack of relationship these symbols have with the original object. Akhtar notes the great weight of the relatively arbitrary sounds and symbols human beings use when describing everything from an… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Javed Akhtar

TED Talk Tuesday: Luvvie Ajayi, “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable”

In her TED Talk “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable,” Luvvie Ajayi discusses her perspective on the power of challenging systems. Ajayi, an activist and writer, says she likes to think of herself as the first domino in the line of dominoes every time she points out a problem. Her focus is making the world better… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Luvvie Ajayi, “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable”

TED Talk Tuesday: Sandrine Thuret

Sandrine Thuret. neuroscientist, busts the myth that adults don’t grow new brain cells in her TED Talk. Her talk outlines the process of neurogenesis, adult brains generating new nerve cells. Thuret says neuroscientists have discovered that the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls learning, memory, and emotion, is also a spot for new… Continue reading TED Talk Tuesday: Sandrine Thuret