Explore the Unknown: Jan. 25, 2020, 9 a.m. to noon
McCaskey Lyceum, Saemann Student Center

TEDxWartburgCollege invites the Wartburg and Cedar Valley communities to join us for the third annual Northeast Iowa TEDx event. Speakers will discuss diverse “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  Tickets are $10 each. Please register at the link below.

Lura Ajdini

Lura Ajdini (Lead Organizer/TEDxLicensee), Prishtina-Kosovo, 19 years old, Second Year, Graphic Design and Digital Cinema & Production double major, Top Bucket List item: A stable, easy and happy adult life.

Yecenia Andrade

Yecenia Andrade (Co-Organizer), Phoenix-Arizona, 22 years old, Fourth Year, Public Health and Spanish double major, Top Bucket List item: To publish a mix media book about the immigrant experience in the U.S.

Charmaine Denison-George

Charmaine Denison-George (Marketing and Communications Manager), Freetown-Sierra Leone, 22 years old, Fourth Year, Business Administration major with a minor in Computer Science, Top Bucket List item: To visit Lagos, Nigeria.

Anthony Onyia

Anthony Onyia (Budgets and Sponsorship Manager), Arkansas-US, 20 years old, Second Year, Computer Science major with a minor in International Relations. Top Bucket List item: Going sky diving.

Becky Amaro

Rebeca Amaro Treviño (Curator), Monterrey-Mexico, 20 years old, Third Year, German major with a minor in Psychology, Top Bucket List item: Be the best version of me.

Mildred Mahatlane

Mildred Mahatlane (Events Manager), Gaborone-Botswana, 21 years old, Second Year, Psychology major, Top Bucket List item: Learning at least 3 languages before 25.

Abeba Bade

Abeba Bade, Wolkite-Ethiopia, 22 years old, Fourth Year, Chemistry and Mathematics double major, Top Bucket List item: Drive from North Africa to South Africa.

Kaitlynne Reddy

Kaitlynne Reddy, Denison-Iowa, 19 years old, Second Year, Business Administration major with minors in leadership and organizational & public relations, Top Bucket List item: Graduate from College.

Alexandra Wonyu

Alexandra Wonyu, Rouen-France, 19 years old, First Year, Psychology and International Relations double major, Top Bucket List item: Bungee jumping in South Korea.

Shanta Nagarkoti

Shanta Nagarkoti, Lalitpur-Nepal, 20 years old, First Year, Accounting Major, Top Bucket List: To learn how to format the group.

Yigit Kacmaz

Yiğit Kaçmaz, Bursa-Turkey, 20 years old, First Year, Journalism and Communications major, Top Bucket List item: Travel to New Zealand, the Maldives, Bahamas and Bhutan.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

2020 Speaker Sessions

Cole Imperi
Shadowloss: Shedding Light On Our Hidden Grief

Imperi will explain the concept of Shadowloss: A Shadowloss is a loss IN life, not OF life. Furthermore, how people grief the loss of relationships, friendships etc. the same as losing a person in real life.

Brittany Strause
Mental Health has no face

Third-year Wartburg student
Strause will address the misconceptions about Mental Health and how society has created the idea that one is not truly suffering unless it is visible.

Celina Peerman
Creating a Human Revolution at Work
Celina Peerman will discuss about the importance of creating a human revolution at work. Given the rate and pace of change, she emphasizes the need to move from the information age to the human age to understand why humans and AI both are needed in the workplace of tomorrow.

Sthela Gun Holly Hanitrinirina
The Legacy of Unknown Women
Hanitrinirina emphasizes the importance of giving equal access of education to women and girls. Furthermore, addressing the question: How would it be if we step into a world where women have the same access to opportunity as men?

Umaru Balde
Eliminate the Comfort Zone to Achieve Success
Balde’s life experience is an example to describe how it feels to be unsure of where your life is heading. In addition, Balde explains that in order to be transformed, we have to be okay with uncertainty and eliminate our comfort zone.

Matapron Musikathum
Transition to adulthood, what’s your plan?

Fourth-year Wartburg student
Musikathum talks about the Graduation and post-graduation period, and how it’s like feeling afraid of the unknown future leading up to adulthood.

Erik Salzenstein
Why I Had to Go To Prison To Set Myself Free

Salzenstein will talk about their creation of a 4-step process called the ROCK (Raise your standards, visions and beliefs; own your thoughts; consistency in your efforts; know your values), which helped Salzenstein break free of self-made limitations.

Alejandro Salazar
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Alejandro Salazar will share studies that supports the notion that humans are capable to empathize in a neurological level with “outside groups” through common fears. By exploring these fears, Salazar believes that a better understanding will be obtained about the reason why individuals are afraid of exploring what is unknown to them.

Proposals are due Oct. 18, 2019