TEDxVillanovaU: Let’s Imagine

If you walked into Driscoll Hall sometime between 1 and 7pm on Friday, October 23rd, 2015, you might have been slightly confused by the exuberant atmosphere. Clearly, something more was going on than the typical weekend excitement. The reason behind this great enthusiasm was Villanova’s third TEDxVillanovaU event. This year’s theme was “Let’s Imagine.”

The event consisted of a series of short talks, demonstrations and performances on a variety of topics to captivate the audience and provoke conversations to imagine a better world. These topics included social justice, poverty, diversity, sustainability and the importance of engineers in medicine. Speakers included a variety of members from the Villanova community including faculty, alumni, and students.

During the breaks between sessions, the members of the audience composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the speakers, we able to generate great conversations, leaving them imagining an improved world and ready to take action. Eric Sweeny displayed his 360-degree panorama photography that the audience was able to experience firsthand during the breaks as well.  Between breaks there were also performances from students groups such as Vocal Minority, The Superlative, the Villanova Breakdance Club, Minor Problem and Ablaze. Each group gave the audience great energy and prepared everyone for the upcoming speakers.

TEDxVillanovaU captured the spirit of TED itself: cross-disciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world. The event encompassed great enthusiasm, passion and energy from everyone involved. It left the audience truly imagining a better world where the speaker’s topics were put into action.

Soon, the talks presented at the event will be found on TEDxVillanovaU’s homepage: http://tedx.villanovau.net/.