TEDxNorthCentralCollege 2017

It happened! Watch the videos and see the pictures!


Sight. Hearing. Touch. Taste. Smell.  Our physical senses, often taken for granted, can become dull – even numb – as we push through the monotonous gray of our day-to-day routines.  Every so often, however, our senses wake from their slumber when we encounter the unexpected.  A stunning sunset.  Fresh-roasted coffee. A beautiful melody.  Rich flavor. A warm embrace.  These moments remind us that we are alive; we become more fully present.

In the same way, compelling ideas can awaken the deeper senses.  A sense of responsibility.  A sense of purpose.  A sense of shared humanity.  We become numb to the need for community, dulled to the desire for civility, and deadened to the problems and suffering of the world around us. When we encounter an unexpected idea that resonates deep within us, it has the power to revive our latent dreams – the ones that make us truly alive. We wake up.  We see a vision. We hear a calling.  We come to our senses.

Join us for TEDxNorthCentralCollege 2017.

This year’s event features a compelling lineup of alumni and student speakers, catered deliciousness from Blackberry Market, a TEDx swag bag for all attendees, and unique interactive exhibits.  In addition, we’re thrilled to have the accomplished musician Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping at Last provide the musical soundtrack that binds these talks together.  Sleeping at Last released a meticulously-crafted 5-song series on the senses, and O’Neal will contribute his work in a rare live performance.
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What is TEDx?

TEDx events are independently-organized, licensed TED-like events that foster learning, innovation and wonder, and bring together local communities to spark conversation around ideas worth spreading.

Why TEDxNorthCentralCollege?
As a comprehensive liberal arts college, North Central values a broad-based, interdisciplinary education that provides an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas. When the power of interdisciplinary learning is combined with a passion for the common good, the results are innovative solutions for lasting social impact. This is what you can expect from TEDxNorthCentralCollege.


If you missed TEDxNorthCentralCollege 2016 – “The Changing of the Guards” – visit the SPEAKERS page to watch the videos, or the Flickr album to view photos!

*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.