TEDxNCSU made its second appearance on campus last month showcasing two panels of inspiring speakers for this year’s theme: Thinkers, Makers, Doers. TEDx is a local, self-organized event derived from the original TED program, which embodies the spirit of sharing ideas.
Among the eleven speakers at this TEDxNCSU were international studies major Kathleen Griffin and Associate Professor Tim Wallace. Griffin, a senior CHASS student and Parks Scholar, presented a lively and entertaining presentation of her research, entitled “Texts, Tweets, and Transnational Technologies – The Role of Social Networking and Citizen Journalism in International Crisis”. Griffin’s research was originally created as part her senior thesis project for Dr. Seth Murray’s IS 491 class last semester.
Dr. Tim Wallace, associate professor and applied anthropologist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology focused closely on the ideas surrounding heritage in his presentation, “Who Owns Your Heritage”. Dr. Wallace’s research emphasizes the role of cultural heritage expressed through cultural tourism, which acts as a constant element in identity stability in human societies.
by Lauren Lopez-Ibanez, student intern