TEDx Comes to PCC
TEDx is an independently organized TED event, and this years theme was “Collective Genius.” Largely organized by Mohamad Karim, the Director of Student Programs at Cascade Campus’ Branch of the ASPCC. It was an event that was filmed, streamed, and promoted all in the same manner you would expect an other TED event, which for some reason came to me as a pleasant surprise.
Opening up with a courageous piece by Lucas Gudman, not only courageous because of his ideas, but also because his slides were totally not functioning. It was clear it through him for a loop, but when he found his grounding he delivered a wonderful 10 minute talk on the future of cell phones, and how to spark curiosity in the low income youth of today.
The slides worked for the next few speakers, who shared stories of acclimation to new cultures (Elizabeth Cryan), and the effectiveness of inspiring students in the early stageness of their biology tracks (Joe Briggs). There was a 16 year old scientist offering motivation for young science minded students (Adit Gupta).
The dance performance choreographed and led by PCC dance instructor Sarah Parker was the highlight of the evening for me. She led a group of dancers through a wild and spontaneous array of movements, driven by an ambient song composed specifically for the event. The music fit the dance perfectly, and as a lover of artistic expression, I found the ultimate crescendo of the song, which was extremely loud, to be the perfect way to convey the intensity of the dance.
Philosophy professor Danielle LaSusa gave an anecdote about the moment she knew she didn’t believe in god, and followed with some theories about learning. The way it feels as the hard learning happens, and how this is a good thing to embrace, rather than shy away from.
The closing speakers gave a brief shout out / history of weirdos and freaks (Phil Oppenheim) and a comedy set by the self ordained “Angelina Jolie of SW Portland,” which aimed to give strength to parents by admonishing the practice of self-inflicted wounds often generated from a false sense of expectation the parents put on themselves. She wants folks to know, it’s okay to mess up sometimes, in fact, sometimes those are the moments in which the best lessons can be taught.
The hosts were quite charming between segments, and the room was definitely buzzing with their own ideas by the end of it. Make sure to get to the next PCC TEDx event.