Tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m., Georgetown will play host to an independently-organized TedX event. Here is a list of the speakers with brief descriptions on their background. To read more about the event, check out the news article from the Georgetown Voice.
- Ann Pendleton-Julian is an architect, educator, writer of international standing, and Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. Her design work negotiates the overlap between architecture, landscape, culture, and technology and is motivated towards internationalism as both a concept and a reality.
- Kendall Ciesemier, a student speaker, will give a talk titled “Finding Power in Powerlessness.”
- Bobby Ghosh is a journalist and Editor-At-Large for TIME magazine. He was TIME’s Baghdad bureau chief, and one of the longest-serving correspondents in Iraq. His Baghdad journalism has included profiles of suicide bombers and other terrorists, stories about extraordinary Iraqis and also political figures. Will give a talk titled ‘Why the Jihad is Over.’
- Tai Murray is an award winning violinist; she won an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004. She was also a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008 through 2010. Will be giving talk titled ‘Music in the Mirror.’
Session 2 – 3:30pm
- Andrew Yang is the Founder and President of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for 2 years in low-cost U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs.
- Moises Naim is the Chief International Columnist for El Pais, Spain’s largest newspaper, and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Naim also served as Venezuelan Minister for Trade and Executive Director of the World Bank. His talk will be called “The End of Power.”
- Student Speaker
- Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender, and co-owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. He’s been in numerous media outlets featuring his approach to better drinking, including CNN, The Rachel Maddow Show and FOX. He is also a founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild and sits on the board of directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail. Will be giving a talk titled ‘Power Drinking.’
- Cynthia Schneider is a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings. She previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Will be giving a talk titled ‘Soft Power.’
Session 3 – 5:25pm
- Amy Zalman is a writer and consultant on political violence, language, and the role of both in global public affairs. She’s an expert on the role of narrative in policy, business, and strategic communications. She is also the About.com guide to Terrorism Issues, a website dedicated to the history and politics of terrorism.
- Student Speaker
- No Malice: Gene Thornton (aka ‘No Malice’) is a Grammy nominated rapper from hip hop group Clipse, who will be sharing the story in his new book, ‘Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked.
- Daniel Blair is the Head of the Blair Lab at the Georgetown Institute for Soft Matter Research. His work can be described as soft condensed matter physics. His talk is called “Squishy Power.”
- Wei Jingsheng is a Chinese human rights activist known for his involvement in the Chinese democracy movement. He is most prominent for having authored the essay, Fifth Modernization, which was posted on the ‘Democracy Wall’ in Beijing in 1978.He has spent 18 years in jail for his pro-democracy beliefs.
Session 4 – 7:00pm
- Misty Copeland is the first African American Soloist for the American Ballet Theatre.
- Mike Smith is President of Forbes.com & Chief Digital Officer of Forbes Media and oversees the operations of Forbes.com, an award-winning web site that receives over 31 million unique visitors each month. Smith’s book, Matchpoint, to be published later this year, describes the past decade of online advertising, emphasizing the technologies, business models, and management strategies that have made it grow faster than any other advertising sector.
- Maureen Orth is an award winning journalist, author and Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine. She is also the founder of Marina Orth Foundation, which has established a model education program emphasizing Technology, English and leadership in Colombia.
- Last speaker to be confirmed.
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