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Inaugural TEDxTeachersCollege Conference to Explore Innovations in International Education

The conference on Friday, March 23, will feature live and video talks by prominent experts about some of the most important topics in international education
Inaugural TEDxTeachersCollege Conference on
Innovations in International Education
to Take Place at Teachers College, Columbia University

Friday, March 23, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, New York, NY

New York, NY – Innovations in International Education is the theme of the first TEDxTeachersCollege Conference on Friday, March 23.

TED is a nonprofit organization started in 1984 as a conference about new ideas from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

TEDxTeachersCollege is an independently organized event, licensed by TED. The student run event seeks to be a platform for leading professionals, educators, policymakers, and students to share their passions and experiences regarding education and its critical role in achieving social justice at the international level. TEDxTeachersCollege will feature 20 live and additional video talks by prominent experts about some of the most important and relevant topics in the field of international education: Gender and Equity, Education Policy, Peace and Justice, and Technology and Media in Education. 
TEDxTeachersCollege will include two sessions – morning and afternoon – for 100 attendees each, selected through applications, lottery, and personal invitations. The morning session at 8:30 a.m. will be devoted to Education Policy and Peace and Justice. The afternoon session at 2:30 p.m. will focus on the sub-themes of Technology and Education, and Gender and Equity. Although the event is public, applications to attend the event are now closed. However, we will provide a video simulcast of the event at Everett Lounge, Teachers College.

The speakers scheduled to share their provocative and innovative ideas are:
1.    Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University
2.    Nancy Streim, Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships, Teachers College, Columbia University
3.    Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, Hindu Monk, Chaplain and Spiritual Counselor
4.    Michael Wessells, Professor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University
5.    Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
6.    Jacqueline Simmons, Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University
7.    Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
8.    Monisha Bajaj, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
9.    Ebenezer Bond, Executive Director, World Up
10.    Allyson Robinson, Deputy Director, HRC Foundations Workplace Project
11.    Jack McGourty, Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business
12.    Jim Teicher, Founder and Director, CyberSmart Africa
13.    Dominic Mentor, Associate Adjunct Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
14.    Lucas Welch, TED fellow, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Soliya
15.    Kelly Matheson, Program Manager, WITNESS
16.    Yishin Khoo, Plateau Engage member and Master’s Student, Teachers College, Columbia University
17.    Carine Allaf, Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University
18.    Jimmie Briggs, Founder and Executive Director, Man Up
19.    Rosalind Weisman, author and educator
20.    Project Girl Performance Collective

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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Published Monday, Mar. 19, 2012