Students Deliver Second Annual TEDx Program
On Saturday, January 23, International students presented their second TEDx program—one year in the making. After exploring topics from hair to climate change, and from education to sustain- ability, seven students and three profes- sionals showcased their "ideas worth
sharing." A packed Arts Pavilion also featured three orga-nizers' interview with Philip Zimbardo, best known for
his studies on the psychology of evil. When asked about
the program, here's what some students offered.
What are some takeaways from your presentations?
Isaac van Aelstyn ' 17 on Sustainable Local Development:
Sustainability is essential in development work. It means
helping current generations meet their needs without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs. Sustainability is about people getting
themselves out of poverty, not just receiving aid.
Isobel Stephen ' 16 on the Future of the Arctic in a
Organizers, what did you learn from your experience?
Changing Climate: Black carbon is a powerful short-term
contributor to melting glaciers, and our priority should
be to cut back on its emissions. The Inuit—who live in
the Arctic—have built a life around its ecosystem, and
we must do all we can to save their way of life because
what is happening to them now, will happen to us later
if we don't act.
Mia Mostoufi ' 16, Louisa Baldi ' 16, and Sebastien Bernt
'16: As a team we learned that knowledge is not ageist.
Within our community there are so many hidden ideas
that just need a platform for expression. The nature of
TED events allows these people to share their ideas so
they will be heard and valued. Organized by six International students, who independently organized every
aspect of this event—down to a balanced budget and
creating a website—the event not only showcased student leadership, but the values our school instills in its
students: independence, self-motivation, critical thinking, global perspective, and communication. The team
used skills taught in the classroom, and applied and
expanded them in real-life situations; creating invaluable
life skills and lessons.
Students, thank you for your initiative, ideas and presentations. We look forward to next year!
Presenters and organizers, from left to right:
Isaac van Aelstyn ' 17, “Sustainable Local Development”; Ilana Nachoum,
Feldenkrais Physical Therapist, “Feldenkrais and the Body”; Liam
McSpadden ' 17 (pictured at right), “The Increase of Political Disparity
and the Suppression of Opposing Viewpoints”; Gillian Berkowitz ' 17,
“The Social Significance of Hair”; Sophia Madhavan ' 16, “The Beauty of
Neutrality”; Isobel Stephen ' 16, “The Future of the Arctic in a Changing
Climate”; Louisa Baldi ' 16, Ishan McCarthy ' 16, Keishi Foecke' 17, Mia
Mostoufi ' 16, Leo Findlay ' 16, “The Uncertainty of Our Futures and How It
Affects Our Life Decisions”; Sebastien Bernt ' 16, Alexander Boccon-Gibod
' 17, Hannah Chan ' 18, “The American Education System”; and Tara Nader,
CEO/Founder of Longeva Skincare, “Cancer and Entrepreneurship”.