TEDxWellesleyCollege

February 20, 2016

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Teach Conventionally
In a world that is expecting more and more from their youth- from teaching coding alongside the alphabet to the ever-changing nature of science- is what is taught in the classroom enough?  Is it fair to focus on only academic learning - writing, history, the sciences - or is it the education system’s responsibility to focus on non-academic subjects as well? Is there a place for the arts, sociology, philosophy, and personal reflection in our ever competitive economic landscape, especially as it appears that there is only more to learn as we move into our future? 
Empower our Women
Nearly every year there’s a segment of the Internet that proclaims it “The Year of Women”: heralding a long-awaited change in women’s representation, and in the political and economic conditions of women across the globe. From the issues of sex trafficking in New England, the importance of body positivity and self-love, to the ways that male standards define notions of what women should be, the talks hold the lens up to issues that range in scope and distance from our own backyards to universal experience.  
Break Down Money
Conventional wisdom holds that “money makes the world go round.” Just as money informs and shapes our everyday existence, our own understanding of its role in the economy and its far-reaching political and social impact is vital. TEDxWellesleyCollege talks on “Break Down Money” will discuss not only the importance of education in matters of personal finance, but also the role of international banking in developing economies and the ocean’s microplastics in bridging a gap between money and the wider issues of the environment, policy, and society.
Clash Cultures
Ever felt as if the odds were against you- as if you didn't quite fit in with the norm? Have you ever felt doubted because of your background, beliefs, or appearance? Come to "To or Not To: Clash Cultures" to listen and learn from strong-minded women who did anything but fit the mold. They will discuss their challenges as educators, businesswomen, and simply people within communities that, at first, found it difficult to accept who they were and what they stood for due to the culture that surrounded them. Join us in thinking outside the box.