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TEDx Returns to IU with "All Too Human"

The theme for this year's TEDxIndianaUniversity conference is All Too Human, named after Friedrich Nietzche's book of the same title. This is the second iteration of the event and will feature seven speakers whose goal is to explore what it means to be human through the lenses of their respective fields.


One of these speakers, Robert Walker, is President of the Population Institute and specializes in the history of populations. Walker will be discussing our world's future as the population continues to grow and resources shrink. Another speaker, Simon Dedeo, a professor at Carnegie Melon, will be showing how technology shapes our society.

Adam J. Fisch is an IU alumnus, university lecturer, and award-winning author. He will be discussing deep-learning, neurobiology, and long-term memory.

Speakers Anantha Shekhar and Leah Savion are currently faculty at IU. Shekhar is IU’s Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, while Savion is a senior lecturer of Philosophy and will be speaking about mental equilibrium tools, or the self-deceptive tricks we play on our minds in order to keep us sane.

Alexander Karagiannis is the Current Foreign Service Officer for the State Department and has spent his entire career in various roles for the State Department in the US, UK, and Turkey. Drawing on his own experiences, Karagiannis will be addressing the structure of diplomacy, difficulties in dealing with sovereign powers, and cultural barriers.

Euna Lee will be telling her own story, where she was detained in North Korea after entering the country in an attempt to film a documentary. After former President Clinton visited the country, Lee was pardoned and released. Through this experience, she still managed to find the humanity in those who held her captive, and hopes that those who listen to her story will see people and not enemies.

Check out one of last year's talks, Steve Fleischli's Living on a Water Planet:

TEDxIndianaUniversity will be this Saturday, October 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for students and $45 for non-students.


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