I’m sure at one point in your life you’ve seen a video of a TED talk, but have you ever thought how interesting it would be to see something similar in person?! While actual TED talks don’t happen at Furman (these are global conferences that you have to apply for in order to attend) Furman has something that is second best: TEDx. TEDx conferences are independently run and conducted with the mission of TED in mind: to spread ideas by “welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world” (TED.com).
Furman’s TEDx conference is completely student run by members of the organization Furman Creative Collaborative (also known as FCC – check them out on insta here: @furmancreative) and is known across the state of South Carolina (& even farther!). This conference attracts not only students but community members as well and is something that I know I, among many others, look forward to attending every year.
Back during my sophomore year one of my good friends was a member of FCC, so she asked me to help run the conference the day of! It was so exciting to be able to help my peers with the execution of the conference that they worked so hard to plan.
From the conferences that I’ve attended, some of my favorite talks have been about chronic illness and the “Spoon Theory,” the impact of an individual’s addiction on their family, and the collateral damage of wrongful convictions. Hearing my own classmates and community members speak about topics that I know little about is enlightening and is a great way to be educated outside of the classroom! To read more about Furman TEDx and all of the speakers that they’ve hosted, check out their website here: http://tedxfurmanu.com/. You can also check out the 2020 speakers at this link: (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsRNoUx8w3rNXWBBKB9Cz6A4cnnWZscb_).
I hope you enjoyed hearing about one of my favorite Furman traditions! If you ever want to reach out to me, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time!