TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The talks to be presented Wednesday are:
“You have no idea where camels really come from” by Latif Nasser. Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it’s hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? Radiolab’s Nasser tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world.
“How I found a mythical boiling river in the Amazon” by Andrés Ruzo. When Andrés was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story about a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, he set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America that reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.
“What my religion really says about women” by Alaa Murabit. Strong faith is a core part of her identity, but when Alaa moved from Canada to Libya as a young woman, she was surprised how the tenets of Islam were used to severely limit women’s rights, independence and ability to lead. She wondered: Was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirit, she speaks up for women using verses from the Koran.
“Stunning Photos of the Endangered Everglades” by Mac Stone. For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer