The increasingly popular TEDx one-day lecture program came to the UCLA campus on Saturday, June 18, with a wide-ranging assortment of short, lively presentations designed to spark imagination and dreams.
TEDxUCLA 2011 was a collective exploration around “Minding, Mining, Mending, and Mapping.” The event included UCLA professors, instructors and students, as well as outside experts who shared stories from the arts, humanities, sciences, and technologies.
TEDxUCLA event was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at UCLA’s Broad Art Center. As a TEDx event, UCLA’s lineup followed key guidelines: A suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter; two pre-recorded video talks from the acclaimed TEDTalks video series; and bias-free programming.
Speakers included David Feinberg, UCLA Medical Center CEO, discussing “healing humankind one patient at a time,” Harry Hellenbrand, Cal State Northridge provost, who talked about learning, Rebeca Mendez, Design faculty member who talked about the Arctic Circle, and many more. Of course, it would not be a UCLA event without a 2001 videotaped speech by Bruin basketball legend John Wooden discussing leadership and character. True to the TEDx “free-ranging” format, other speakers presented topics from video game design, an improvisational violin performance and talk, to the importance of scraps and forgotten areas in landscape designs.
Check back soon for news on our 2012 event.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUCLA, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUCLA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.