TEDxDartmouth Returns to Campus on Sunday, March 6


What do graphic novels, the brain, and capitalism have in common?


(image courtesy TEDxDartmouth)

Those topics and more are being addressed at the TEDxDartmouth 2011 conference, a day of compact presentations given by Dartmouth faculty, trustees, and students. Associate Professor of English Michael Chaney, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Thalia Wheatley, and Professor of Strategic Management Richard D’Aveni, respectively, will take on the topics listed above.

TEDxDartmouth follows a model established by the nonprofit TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) organization. An independently organized TEDx event, TEDxDartmouth takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium. Each 18-minute talk will be accessible and engaging for a diverse audience. Established on campus last year by a trio of first-year students, TEDxDartmouth’s inaugural conference was a great success, attracting up to 400 attendees for each live section and receiving over 12,000 YouTube views afterwards.

This year’s conference will feature 12 speakers and two performances. Dr. Albert G. Mulley Jr. ’70, director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science and trustee emeritus, is also on the list of presenters. His talk “Who Can Fix Health Care?” will explore the “who” versus the “how” of fixing health care in America.

“By leading the new Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Dr. Mulley is at the forefront of a new Dartmouth initiative,” says Jason Goodman ’12, co-vice president of TEDxDartmouth. “I imagine a lot of students, alumni, and professors will want to learn more during his talk. A honed, accessible TED talk is an ideal way for Dr. Mulley to introduce the major themes of the Center to the Dartmouth community.”

Sunday’s event is separated into two sections: 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A catered lunch break will give speakers and audience members a chance to meet, ask questions, and discuss the ideas presented in talks.

“The opportunity for audience members to interact with speakers and each other during our break is part of what makes TEDx more than just a lecture,” says Sarah Cashdollar ’13, TEDx co-vice president. “The process of sharing and developing ideas involves two-way conversations, and the world’s brightest ideas have always been a result of such forums of intellectual exchange.”

Branko Cerny ’13, founder of TEDxDartmouth, says he began the event last year to showcase the excellence of Dartmouth to the community and beyond. “When I first got on campus, I wanted to attend every single lecture and take more classes than is manageable, simply because everything sounded so interesting,” says Cerny, who also serves as president of TEDxDartmouth. “TEDxDartmouth is like being able to be everywhere at once.”

TEDxDartmouth is free and open to all. While the talks will be recorded for later viewing, the event will not be live-streamed.


*Thalia Wheatley (Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences) “Humans Seeing Humans: How the Brain Perceives Other Minds”

*Ben Valentino (Associate Professor of Government) “When Bad Men Combine: Understanding the Causes of Mass Violence”

*Bill Helman ’80 (Dartmouth College Trustee; Venture Capitalist) “Founders Rock!”

*Alex Arnold ’14 (Pianist/Singer/Composer) Original Performance

*Michael Chaney (Associate Professor of English) “Learning to See the Social, or How to Read a Graphic Novel”

*Anise Vance ’11 (Senior Fellow) “Storytelling, Trauma and Black Identities”

*Joe Helble (Dean, Thayer School) “The World’s ‘Sputnik Moment?’”

1:40 - 2:25pm Catered Lunch Break

*Hany Farid (William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science) “What’s a Picture Worth?”

*Al Mulley ’70 (Director, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science; Dartmouth College Trustee Emeritus) “Who Can Fix Health Care?”

*Tim Pulju (Senior Lecturer in Classics and Linguistics) “Raising the Dead: The Uncanny Science of Linguistic Reconstruction”

*Bobby Esnard ’14 (Performance - Slam Poetry)You Might Not Realize...

*Richard D’Aveni (Professor of Strategic Management, Tuck School of Business) “The Changing Nature of Capitalism”

*Harry Enten ’11 (Government major) “Why We Already Know Who Will Win the 2012 Presidential Election”

*Annette Gordon-Reed ’81 (Dartmouth College Trustee; Harvard Law School) “The Continuing Relevance of History, or How the Past is Never Past”

Tiffany Pollack