TEDxHamline is on fire this spring – The Oracle

TEDxHamlineUniversity is coming to Sundin Music Hall on April 5, thanks to a team of five student leaders.

The TED Talks at Hamline started as a dream in the minds of students Mohamed Mohamed and Conner Sudick two years ago. Today, they’re helping 13 speakers prepare for Hamline’s first-ever TED event.

One such student leader is Junior Raie Gessesse, appointed as TEDxHamline’s Chief Curator. She is responsible for ensuring that all discussions are rooted in the Ignite theme chosen by the team.

“We would like to organize an event that is not only meaningful for the speakers, but also deeply transformative for the audience. Getting the audience to think about an issue in a different way or to act on a speech is our real hope for this event,” Gessesse said.

Gessesse sat on the committee that decided who the finalist speakers would be. Among those speakers is criminal justice professor Jillian Peterson.

” They have [the student executive board] were very communicative about the process, the number of applications they received, the fact that there will be several different rounds,” said Peterson, “I was really impressed with how it turned out unfolded”.

Peterson’s talk is titled “How We Can All Prevent Mass Shootings”, based on his research at Hamline on mass shooters. She researched this topic with seven Hamline students who received grants from the US Department of Justice.

“I think what I’ll take away from my speech will be, ‘we can all do more to stop the violence when we tend to feel powerless about it,'” Peterson said, but that’s really all our collective responsibilities, and this new research sheds light on ways we can think about it.

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Religious and Spiritual Life Programs Coordinator Zan Christ addresses TEDxHamline with a talk titled “Islam and Muhammad are Feminist.”

Peterson will be joined as a speaker by presentations from students, alumni and faculty.

Senior student and compliance officer Conner Suddick said his only regret about the event is how many tickets they are able to sell for the talks. Since Hamline will be attending for the first time and did not send anyone to the national TED conference, their licensing agreement only allows for 100 tickets.

“We’re just doing our best to make sure we’re as inclusive as possible when we have limited resources. We hope that in the future Hamline can send someone to the national TED conference so that we can fill a whole room.

The event will be broadcast live at viewing parties in the Kay Fredricks room at the Klas Center and East Hall 106, both of which will seat 100 people. Suddick noted that the event will be broadcast on Hamline’s global streaming service with a custom URL coming soon, so anyone with access to Wi-Fi can host their own viewing party.

Suddick, who will co-host the event with Gessese, was blown away by the number of entries received and the diversity of ideas from members of the Hamline community.

“I want this to happen again and again because there is [are] amazing people in our community, and the genesis of this event was to highlight and elevate the voices that we haven’t had a chance to hear on this type of platform,” Suddick said.

To visit tedxhamlineuniversity.com for more information. Free tickets will be available on the website on February 25 at 6 p.m.

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