Ohio Wesleyan Students to Host TEDx Event

Watch ‘Into the Uncharted Future’ Discussions Live Online April 13

20130403-TEDxOWUDELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s TEDxOWU group will hold a spring conference April 13 to discuss “Into the Uncharted Future.” The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 with all presentations streamed live online at StreamOWU.

The TED phenomenon began in 1984, when people from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) came together to discuss “ideas worth spreading.” Today, the nonprofit organization’s online TEDtalks are inspiring people worldwide, including students at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“The Into the Uncharted element is intended to make pushing the boundaries of current knowledge and understanding a theme within the talks,” said students Linh Nguyen and Lucky Mosola, who are in charge of organizing the event.The idea is to have each talk speak about a period farther in the future than the one before it. For example, beginning with a talk about the near future and ending with a talk about centuries in the future. The general nature of the theme is to allow talks on a variety of subjects relating to the future of their respective fields.”

Scheduled speakers and their topics include:

  • Melissa Awenowicz, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of education and director of adolescent to young adult and multi-age programs, “Academic Capitalism: Is Education a Means to an End?”
  • Charles “Zeke” Brechtel, senior OWU physics major from Arvada, Colo., “Seasteading: Future Habitats for Humanity”
  • Sean McCulloch, Ph.D., OWU associate professor of computer science, “Undecidability and What Future Computers Can’t Do”
  • Robert O. Harmon, Ph.D., chair of OWU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the university’s Travel-Learning Program, “The End of the World As We Know It: Current Scientific Thinking on the Ultimate Fates of Earth and the Universe”

For more information, email tedx@owu.edu. Ohio Wesleyan’s online TEDx event – and others around the world – are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. Learn more about TED and TEDtalks.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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