Solve for Why

Don't solve for x, solve for WHY! TEDx Lafayette College is pleased to announce our sixth annual conference, to be held on Saturday April 8th at 12PM in Colton Chapel. This year we are pleased to announce our theme of Solve for Y . This theme is meant to provoke discussion concerning strategic and creative problem solving in the current challenging world environment. Speakers this year include Sigrid Fry Revere , kidney selling researcher, John Shaw , lawyer and professor of social psychology, David Sun Kong , synthetic biologist and rapper, Bonnie Winfield , community partnership director at Lafayette college, and Joe Raiola , editor of MAD Magazine. Food and Tshirts will be provided free of charge with registration!
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David Sunderlin

David Sunderlin

Associate Professor of Geology, Lafayette College

Dave Sunderlin is a natural historian and therefore walks slowly. Half geologist/half biologist he wanders the world with outlandish curiosity, misconstrued as aimlessness, exploring the coupled evolution of earth and its life with a deep time perspective. His research program considers the meaning of the fossil and rock record with the premise that understanding the evolutionary past can help explain the fleeting present and forecast a dynamic deep future. He is Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Geosciences at Lafayette College where he has been for 10 years. There he teaches students about sedimentary geology and paleobiology and conducts research on rocks under campus and clear across the continent in Alaska and the Rocky Mountains. Dave’s work has been supported in part by the National Geographic Society, the National Park Service, and the National Science Foundation.

Melissa McCracken

Melissa McCracken

Synesthetic Artist

Melissa McCracken is synesthetic artist. In her late teens, she discovered she had a rare neurological condition called synesthesia, allowing her to virtually see music as a mix of hues and textures. After graduating from William Jewell College in 2013 with a degree in Psychology, Melissa utilized her condition to create dynamic and interactive works of art. Combining her love of both music and visual aesthetics, Melissa allows the audience to take a look at the world through the eyes of a synesthete. Melissa has been featured in Oprah Magazine, MTV News, CNN’s Great Big Story, and Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine.

Taylor Trudon

Taylor Trudon

MTV Voices Editor

Taylor Trudon is the Voices editor at MTV News, where she launched and oversees the teen and millennial focused contributor platform. In addition to leading various youth initiatives, she frequently writes on teen Internet culture and their representation within media, tech and politics.

Taylor is passionate about community-building, advocating for young voices and using social media as a catalyst for starting conversations. As a 2015 TEDxTeen speaker, she spoke about the power of the written word and how to amplify your story in today’s technology saturated world. She regularly speaks at conferences and industry events, including the It’s Our Turn Conference for young women, New York Social Media Week, SXSW, and VidCon, a multi-genre online video conference that is the largest of its kind.

Evan Puschak

Evan Puschak

YouTube Vlogger

Evan Puschak is the creator and producer of The Nerdwriter, a popular web series of weekly video essays about art and culture. Evan launched The Nerdwriter in 2011, a year after graduating from Boston University, where he studied film production. One of his first videos landed him a job at MSNBC as a writer and web content producer. Almost three years later, the Discovery Channel asked him to write and host a show on their digital network called Seeker Daily. After launching a successful show for Discovery, he left to pursue The Nerdwriter full time. Evan has never been fond of offices or working for other people. He hates meetings and quarterly earnings reports. Now that he’s working for himself, pursuing his passion on YouTube, Evan has never been happier.

Lizabeth Kleintop

Lizabeth Kleintop

MBA Director, Moravian College

Lizabeth Kay Kleintop is a transgender woman living full-time in her chosen gender since September 2013. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Temple University and is a member of the economics and business faculty of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, where she teaches change management, analytics, and human resource management, as well as managing the graduate degree programs of the department. Her research agenda is focused on inclusion in the workplace, particularly for transgender and gender fluid employees. Dr. Kleintop is active in the LGBT community holding board positions on the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the LGBT Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as others. Her preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.

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Lafayette College

In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop students’ skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others; to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility; and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process.

TEDx

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. Learn more

TEDxLafayetteCollege

For 4 years, we have brought pioneering scientists, artists, activists and explorers to Lafayette and give talks that are idea-focused on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder, and provoke conversations that matter. The conferences have also given the diverse group of students, faculty, and alumni opportunities to learn from one another and leave driven to creatively better our collective future. Our 2014 conference “Connecting-the-Dots” has received great attention with over 130,000 YouTube views.

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Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez

Class of 2019
Idil Tanrisever

Idil Tanrisever

Class of 2019
Wassim Gharbi

Wassim Gharbi

Class of 2019
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