TEDxUWLaCrosse

Thanks to all for a successful 2022 TEDxUWLaCrosse event!

UW-La Crosse started organizing independently-coordinated TEDx events on campus in 2013. On April 19, 2022, UWL held an event themed "Renewal," featuring campus and community speakers. See event photos on Flickr.

View videos from the 2022 event 

How to support someone in distress - Dena Huisman, Communication Studies, UWL

Summary: The need for social support has become more visible to us during the COVID 19 pandemic as we learned how to cope with isolation and health scares. While the need for support in troubled times is often significant, research often finds that our satisfaction with the support we receive is less than ideal and that people often don’t know what to say to others in distress. This TEDx talk will discuss how we can improve our connections to people through more conscious and deliberate communication choices that meet the individual and relational needs of loved ones needing support. The talk will discuss how cultural norms and expectations can help or hinder our success in relating meaningfully as humans experiencing challenges, and how careful attention to each other can overcome potential barriers to meaningful support. More on UWL Associate Professor of Communication Studies Dena Huisman

Reimagining equity work - Shaundel Spivey, Executive Director of B.L.A.C.K.

Summary: You can’t do true authentic equity work without doing work on you first. As we strive to build an equitable and loving community, we have to imagine the work differently. To do this we must truly examine ourselves and the roles we all play in the perpetuation of this inequitable community we live in. Shaundel will provide the audience a visible reminder of how to build an equitable community. More on Shaundel Spivey, executive director of Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge

A world without insects? - Barrett Klein, Biology, UWL

Video coming soon! 

Summary: Klein explores and reveals cultural connections we have with the ten quintillion insects with whom we share the planet. Insects not only serve vital ecosystem services like pollination, waste removal, and sustenance for others, but they also have intimately and profoundly shaped human culture for millennia. What we eat, where we live, how we dress, and what we believe are all affected by the six-legged animals around us. Renewal can be interpreted many ways, and Klein sees the connection between his advocating for insects as a call to look at and treat our distant relatives with a new perspective and vigor. He believe that we need to renew our appreciation for our connection with nature, or we will suffer the consequences of a depleted world. Distancing ourselves from the grand diversity of insects would diminish what best defines us. Human culture, in some key respects, stands on six legs. More on UWL Biology Professor Barrett Klein

About TEDxUWLaCrosse

UW-La Crosse Biology Professor Barrett Klein presents as part of the 2022 TEDxUWLaCrosse event in The Bluffs, Student Union.

What is TEDx?

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. Starting 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.

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