TEDx Claremont Colleges Comes to Garrison Theater

By Kara Odum '15 Staff Writer


This Saturday, Sept. 29, marks the return of TEDx ClaremontColleges for its second annual conference. TEDx is an independently-organized event that showcases speakers with “ideas worth spreading.” The purpose of TEDx Talks is to inspire viewers to act and work toward whatever it is they are passionate about. Last year’s TEDx ClaremontColleges was an evening event that featured six speakers in a smaller venue. Topics ranged from living with AIDS to revolutionizing urban farming to composing Grammy Award-winning music. This year’s event is supersized, with fifteen speakers at an all-day event to be held in Garrison Theater. Unfortunately, in order to host such a large event, attendees will be required to pay $25 per ticket. But it will be well worth the cost to listen to such amazing speakers from across the United States.

The original TEDx Talks focused on technology, education, and design, but this year’s TEDxClaremontColleges has a much broader focus. Event organizer Sam Spurlin explained that speakers were chosen from all disciplines, the only requirement being a good story to tell. Highlights this year will include Nate Damm, who walked from Delaware to the Pacific Ocean in eight months when he was 23 years old. He will talk about what he discovered along the way and how the experience affected him afterwards. Vanessa Kettering, a free spirit with a Ph.D. in Positive Developmental Psychology, will talk about building a happier and healthier life by focusing on habits and developing emotional balance. Elly Schofield, a senior at Harvey Mudd College, will speak about the importance of a solid math education and how to reformat the classroom to ensure all students have access to this important subject. More speakers are listed online at www.tedxcc.com.

There are still a limited number of tickets available that can be purchased online at the TEDxClaremontColleges webpage. For more information about helping to organize next year's event, email samspurlin@gmail.com