UNC Asheville Takes on TEDx
Student-Led Event (Re)thinks Typical Topics
(February 19, 2014)
It took 25 students to bring the life-size red letters of TEDx to the stage in Lipinsky Auditorium on February 15. Though only a few were needed to carry the iconic signage, all contributed to the conversations and connections during second annual student-led TEDxUNCAsheville. The day long-event revolved around the theme of (re)thinking and epitomized UNC Asheville’s seriously creative scholarship.
“Over the course of the day, the speakers challenged conventional ways of doing things - they challenged the audience to rethink happiness and distraction, higher education, student veterans, intimacy, authorship, and success,” said Jack Derbyshire ’15, event organizer and a computer science major at UNC Asheville. “The enthusiasm and energy coming out of the audience was electric, and the audience was inspired to put these new ideas into action. To see the world in a new way - in other words, to (re)think some aspect of our lives - can be a terrifying experience. However, at TEDxUNCAsheville 2014 it rejuvenated our attendees.”
The theme had to be broad enough to encompass a variety of topics from 15 speakers including the college experience for recent war veterans, the function of storytelling in society, and community gardening. In addition, the students (re)thought the event, selecting a larger venue, inviting speakers and performers from across the UNC Asheville campus community and greater Asheville area, and adding micro events between the sessions to further engage the audience.
TEDxUNCAsheville is an annual conference independently organized by students at UNC Asheville. For more information, visit http://www.tedxuncasheville.org/.
(Photos by Casey Toth '16)