Preview of TEDxWakeForestU

You may have heard from your students that there was some excitement lastnight: a car driven by a student and a campus shuttle bus collided. No one reported injuries. Story is online here.

Today’s Daily Deac was guest authored by Julia Gaburo (’16).  Julia is one of the organizers of the TEDxWakeForestU event on February 20th.  Please urge your Deacs to register to attend – and you too if you will be in town!

— by Betsy Chapman


How can we secure our future? What does security mean to our world? How do the ever-changing form and meaning of security impact the way we live our lives? The curious minds at Wake Forest are at it again: our student-run TEDx team is gearing up for the fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU event. A conference that will answer important questions such as those above. Eight impressive speakers will deliver 18-minute TEDx talks on February 20th from 12:00-4:00 in Wait Chapel on the topic of security, in the broadest sense of the word.

This year’s theme, Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined, captures speakers’ unique perspectives on what it means to find security and solace in each of their diverse fields of expertise. Security is a word that carries a heavy connotation in this day in age, but at its most basic, security means knowing what the future holds and creating an environment we can count on. Our very existence depends on assuring ourselves a brighter and unrestricted future in each of security’s different realms.

Tickets for TEDxWakeForestU 2016 are available now. General public tickets are $15 and Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff may attend at no charge, but must register online. If your schedule allows, we invite you to register and attend as well!

The TEDx program allows individuals to organize community events which advance TED’s mission of providing the public with “ideas worth spreading”—powerful conversations that spark lively debate and help produce innovative solutions to some of life’s most begging questions. TEDxWakeForestU is an independently organized event licensed by TED, and will be held from 12-4pm in Wait Chapel is open to the public.

This year’s speakers promise to deliver thought-provoking presentations from a diverse set of perspectives. See a brief list below and full biographies on the official conference website

We look forward to seeing you (if you are able) and your students in Wait Chapel on February 20th for what promises to be a truly impactful day.  

Speaker List 

  • Katrena Perou— Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts Partnership, an arts education program for underprivileged public school students
  • Mark Hurd (P’18)— CEO of Oracle Corporation
  • Bradley Myles— Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project, the global leader in anti-human trafficking nonprofit work
  • Errin Fulp— WFU computer science professor conducting research on biologically-inspired network security solutions
  • Igancio Packer— Security General of the Terres des Hommes International Federation, a network of 10 organizations working to secure rights of child refugees
  • Carl Krebs— Architect-in-charge of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City
  • Maureen Berner— UNC Chapel Hill professor of public administration and government who researches food insecurity and food deserts and provides advisory services to state and local governments
  • Nicole Hockley–Founder and Managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths and violence following the tragic Sandy Hook shootings of 2012
by Julia Gaburo (’16)

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