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Despite its clever moniker (Netcetera: the Internet and everything else) TEDxGeorgetown was not about the Internet. It wasn’t even about coping with a chronic illness, Facebook diplomacy, or cat weddings—though these topics hit a little closer to the mark.
What sets TED events apart from most lectures (or speeches, conferences, round tables, etc…) are the speakers themselves and the deeply honest connection they create with their passions and with the audience. The best TED speakers are quite simply inspirational.
After the jump, check out a full listing of the speakers and topics, plus some other recommended TED talks. We’ll update this post with links to videos of last night’s speakers as they become available.
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Textbooks are perhaps the biggest first-year expense that students can control. Yet at the beginning of every year, a Disneyland-sized queue of freshmen—and upperclassmen—inevitably winds around the upper floor of the bookstore.
After handing over shrink-wrapped copies of Accounting and Econ textbooks, students can find themselves paying well over $1000 dollars for books. When the semester ends, they’ll be lucky to sell those books for a fraction of what they paid.
To help you cut down on books’ costs, we’ve got a list of suggestions after the jump. (Feel free to add your own in the comments!)
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Last Saturday, the 9th ranked Hoyas edged out #11 Syracuse for their first Big East title in the program’s history.
The victory capped off an undefeated run through the tournament—and extended Georgetown’s consecutive wins streak to 10, a program record.
Georgetown’s Molly Ford was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals in today’s game. Ashby Kaestner and Jordy Kirr also contributed multiple goals as the Hoyas went on to win 13-11.
By claiming the Big East title, Georgetown earns an automatic bid to the national tournament, which opens up first-round action next weekend. The Hoyas will discover their opponent-to-be and seed placement during tomorrow’s selection show, which airs at 10 p.m. on CBS College Sports.
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Former White House Chief of Staff, “The Architect,” Karl Rove
Karl Rove will be speaking Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. Rove will be speaking about his newly-released memoir, Courage and Consequence, which chronicles his personal and political life. In a effort to stop “disruptions” during the Q&A session, GU Lecture Fund is collecting questions from students beforehand and then randomly selecting questions for Rove to answer. The event will also be streamed live online.
Newt Gingrich will also be speaking tonight and screening his movie, Nine Days That Changed the World, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium. What are the odds that neither of these events will be interrupted by protesters?
Dancing the Night Away: GU Dance Spring Performance
The Georgetown Dance Company’s Spring Performance is this Friday and Saturday, April 23 and April 24, at 8:00 p.m. The show will feature a diverse range of dances, from hip-hop to classical ballet, by both guest and student choreographers. Tickets are $8 for students and can be purchased online or in person at the Davis Center Box Office.
“Life, Progress, Challenges, and Growth” with Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India
Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, will be speaking today, April 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. Dr. Kalam addressed students at George Washington University yesterday, speaking on a variety of topics ranging from nation building, to morality, to the convergence of information and communication technologies. Students should RSVP to attend.
Virgin Airlines CEO, Sir Richard Branson will also be speaking Wednesday from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. The event is listed as being sold-out, but historically a few seats have been available at the door because of no-shows.
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Although she opened her speech quietly and in a strained voice Monday night in Georgetown University’s ICC Auditorium, Eleanor Holmes Norton was soon speaking loudly and passionately about the defining issue of her nine Congressional terms: voting rights for the District of Columbia.
“We are on the verge of getting this bill through both houses,” she said of a follow-up to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2009. Hinting at the significance of Emancipation Day this Friday, April 16, Norton was optimistic that D.C.’s “200 years of struggle” would soon be coming to an end, and said that the hard work put into the bill by Democratic leadership would soon “bear fruit.”
Norton said she has been working hard to rid the bill of “an odious amendment” that would limit D.C.’s ability to restrict guns, and repeal gun registration requirements and D.C.’s semi-automatic ban. a mission that took on new meaning for her after the gunshot deaths of four D.C resident’s two weeks ago. Despite efforts by the NRA’s powerful lobby, Norton said she would “try to save as much of D.C.’s gun laws as possible.”
Turning to other issues, Norton stressed the importance of bringing “incremental change” to the country, but she also said it is because of a dogged unwillingness to compromise that some Democrats will lose their congressional seats in November’s midterm elections. “Be prepared to lose congressional seats,” she said, because Democrats “were not willing to sell our souls and not sell out the American people on health care.”
Turning to the College Democrats, who brought her to speak on the Hilltop Congresswoman Norton issued a challenge to some of the most active members of her party, saying that recent losses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts “should sober Democrats still drunk from Inauguration.” Norton charged the same Democratic base that helped elect President Obama with proving that he “not only has landing power, but also has staying power.”
“The fight is on, bring it on,” she said. If 2009 was all about Obama, “in 2010 it is going to be about all of us.”
Photo by Shira Saperstein
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28th Installment of ‘Better know a District’, yours!
D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton will be speaking Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium. Hosted by the GU College Democrats, Representative Norton will be speaking about prominent District Issues, including her work towards full Congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia.
J.W. Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International
J. Willard “Bill” Marriott Jr., for over 50 years a leader of one of the world’s largest lodging companies, will speak today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. A dynamic speaker, Mr. Marriott is known for his hands-on leadership style and “spirit to serve” philosophy. Students should RSVP to attend. Space is limited.
Saving Lives + Free Nutter Butter Cookies = Amazing
Georgetown University’s Spring Blood Drive is this week in the Village C West Alumni Lounge. The America Red Cross will be scheduling appointments on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students should register and sign up for a speedy appointment, but walk-ins have been allowed in the past. Each donation can save up to three lives! For additional life-saving opportunities, attend/donate to GU’s 4th Annual Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, held this Friday from 7:00 p.m to Saturday at 7:00 a.m.
Voice Photo Contest: an issue you can give to your children
The Georgetown Voice is seeking black and white and color photos for its Annual Photo Contest this week! Winning entrants will be featured In Thursday’s Voice, but runners-up could also get a shout out on Vox. Submit your photos to email@example.com by Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Required are your name, year, and school – and a short blurb about the photo. The goal is to put together an issue that will make the Dean of the Georgetown College break out in tears.
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I Love the 90′s
The 2010 Spring Kickoff Concert is this Saturday, April 10th in McDonough Gymnasium and will feature 3rd Eye Blind, with Super Mash Bros. and Joshua James. Doors open at 9 p.m and the concert is set to run until 1 a.m. With a GOCard, tickets are $20 (in advance, Red Square this week) or $30 at the door. Without a GOCard, tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. GPB is still looking for volunteers willing to help set up and clean up after the event. To help out, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sing for a Cause
Spring Sing! Georgetown a capella groups Georgetown Superfood and Georgetown Saxatones are hosting an a capella showcase this Saturday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Hariri Building. The event will feature Superfood, Saxatones, Chimes, Phantoms, and the Capitol Gs, with all proceeds going to the Suicide Prevention Club of Georgetown and Dominique’s Fund. Tickets are $5 for students and can be purchased online or at the Davis Center Box Office.
Author David Eggers
Join author and screenwriter David Eggers for a conversation also featuring Georgetown professors Maureen Corrigan and Deborah Tannen. Mr. Eggers is best known for his best-selling memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Recently he has served as an editor and publisher, as well as writing screenplays for feature films Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are. The talk will take place today, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Gaston Hall.
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It’s a short week, ‘cuz the Bunny’s coming, but here’s what’s going on on campus before Easter break:
What ‘Chu Gonna Do About the Climate Crisis?
Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, will be speaking today, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Gaston Hall. Secretary Chu will be giving a lecture entitled “Meeting the Energy and Climate Challenge.” Part of the Whittington Lecture Series, the event is sponsored by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., no bags, backpacks, or briefcases will be allowed inside, and a Go-card or Governement issued ID is required for entry. Seats are limited and students are asked to RSVP to email@example.com.
David Catania! Snacks!
Join D.C. Councilmember David Catania (SFS ’90, LAW ’94) for a panel discussion on the role race and faith played in securing marriage equality in Washington, D.C. Other speakers include Cathy Renna, managing director of Renna Communications; Professor Joseph Palacios, assistant professor in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University; and Richard Sincere, co-founder and president of Gays and Lesbians for Liberty. The event will be moderated by Michael Crawford, the communications director at Freedom to Marry. The event will take place Wednesday, March 31 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in McShain Lounge. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
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Practice Makes Perfect
Condom Fun Day, part of Choice Week and sponsored by H*yas for Choice will take place on Tuesday, March 23, from 10 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Red Square. Participants can have their picture taken with “Condom Man,” win a prize by guessing the number of condoms in a bucket, and practice proper condom application and removal on a demonstration model.
The Real-Life Ryan Philippe
The Path from Student to Catching the Biggest Spy in US History features former FBI operative Eric O’Neill, who will speak about how he went from being a student at Auburn University, to his role in the capture of Robert Hanssen, to his later career as an entrepreneur. The story of Hanssen’s arrest was later made into the 2007 feature film Breach. After leaving the FBI, Mr. O’Neill has since founded two consulting groups, The Georgetown Group and The O’Neill Richter Group. The event will take place Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Healy Hall 103.
Secretary of Bling
‘Read My Pins’ with Dr. Madeleine Albright is a discussion of the former Secretary of State’s latest book, Read my Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box. Over her diplomatic career Dr. Albright has used her distinctive shoulder-wear to emphasize the importance of negotiations, to signify high hopes, to protest delays in taking action, and to show pride in the traditions of her office. The event is on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. in Gaston Hall. Students should RSVP to attend this event.
It’s Business Time
Still confused about the causes of the financial crisis? Attend a conversation with Andrew Ross Sorkin, journalist and author of the bestselling book on the financial crisis: Too Big to Fail. The event will moderated by McDonough School of Business Prof. Phillip Swagel at will take place March 26, 2010 from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. RSVP to attend.
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Don’t Be Hatin’
“Hate Free Georgetown”—a week of events intended to bring different groups on campus together in response to bias related incidents this past Fall, will run March 15 through March 20 and is sponsored by a variety of campus groups, including GUGS, Hoya Blue, The Corp, Groove Theory, GU Pride, nomadictheatre, and campus a capella groups.
Events include a “Dance Day” on Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Red Square, GUGS burgers in Red Square from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, a “Field day” on Healy lawn on Friday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. with games like capture the flag and tag, and a “Performance Festival” Saturday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in McNeir auditorium featuring nomadictheatre and a capella performances, and student-written scenes about non-violence.
HFG will be tabling in Red Square Monday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. where students can sign pledges of support and get HFG Georgetown buttons, allowing entry into the events later in the week. See the full list of HFG events.
The Business of Happiness
Join President DeGioia and Washington, D.C. business leaders Monday at 4:30 p.m for a panel discussion on the “Double-Bottom Line”—the concept that success in business is driven by both fiscal results and a positive impact to people and society. Panelists include Ted Leonsis, former AOL vice chairman and author of The Business of Happiness; Tom Adams, founder and CEO of Rosetta Stone; Donald Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company; Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET; and Joseph Robert, chairman and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies, Inc.
The event will be held in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Harari Building. Space is limited and students should RSVP to attend. For those unable to attend, the MSB will also have a webcast of the event.
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