TED Talk Tuesdays

The Eugene J McCarthy Center is pleased to Sponsor TED Talk Tuesdays, an informal gathering in which students watch and discuss a TED Talk with a faculty moderator.


September 12, 2017 

Topic: J.R.: "Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out."

French street artist JR uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out.

September 26, 2017 

Topic: Yanis Varoufakius: "Capitalism Will Eat Democracy."

Have you wondered why politicians aren't what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it's because you can be in politics today but not be in power -- because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis. In this talk, hear his dream for a world in which capital and labor no longer struggle against each other, "one that is simultaneously libertarian, Marxist and Keynesian."

October 10, 2017 

Topic: Shawn Achor: "The Happy Secret to Better Work."

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, positive psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology. He is also the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University. 

November 7, 2017 

Topic: Ernesto Sirroli: "Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!"

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.

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