Ted Talks every Thursday

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Look no further.


Thursday, November 14, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


The Wellness Center, MHC 355


The Wellness Center's Ted Talks Thursdays is a good way to hear some of the most courageous and fascinating people in the world speak towards "ideas worth spreading." Please join us every Thursday at 12pm for a new Ted Talk, followed by discussion and open dialogue.  Healthy snacks, as well as a great time, will be provided!

Ted Talks Schedule

September 26
When Finite Meets Infinite, Susan Haarman
Facilitated by: Molly Bird, Coordinator of Peer Ministry

As both a campus minister and Iron Man, Susan Haarmman works to convince college students to live with purpose and meaning, relating spirituality to endurance in sports.  Whether you are an athlete or not, this Ted Talk will make an impact.  "Endurance can actually help us brush up against the infinite, and when that happens, we are able to live more authentically and more deeply."


October 3
The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown
Facilitated by: Jaclyn Henry, Counseling and Pyschological Services

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.


October 10
A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA, Ron Finely
Facilitated by: Adam Kay, Biology Department

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."


October 17--Canceled 


October 24
Facilitated by: Jean Giebenhain, Psychology


October 31
How to Make Stress your Friend, Kelly McGonigal
Facilitated by: Naomi Scott, Counseling and Psychological Services

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. 


November 7
Hedonistic Sustainability, Bjarke Ingels
Facilitated by: Maryse Abrahams, Wellness Center

Architecture, Bjarke Ingels’, approach to building? Experimenting with pure space, but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world problem.  His architecture is luxurious, yet sustainable and community-driven.  Ingels focuses on working to bring coherence to the urban fabric and to help their occupants and users lead better lives.  In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.


November 14
Habits of Happiness, Mattieu Ricard
Facilitted by: Uta Wolfe, Psychology Department

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Mattieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.



November 21
What Adults Can Learn from Kids, Adora Svitak
Facilitated by: Sarah Dahl, Counseling and Psycoholgical Services

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.


December 5
Let’s Talk About Dying, Dr. Peter Saul & Before I Die I want to..., Candy Chang
Facilitated by: Roxanne Prichard, Psychology Department

We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation.

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)