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March 19, 2014

TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons to Focus on Perspectives

College of the Canyons will host its second TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons conference, which will pivot around the theme of perspectives, on April 19. 

An independently organized event licensed by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons will feature speakers who will offer their perspectives on topics such as biology, art, technology, civic service, recycling, design, negotiation and women in corporate culture. 
“The theme is perspectives because the speakers will either provide a new insight on a familiar topic or combined perspectives on seemingly unrelated subjects, such as biology and art,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, COC professor and TEDx faculty advisor. “Last year's conference was one of the most exhilarating conferences I have ever helped organize because students were the driving force behind the ideas and we were able to reach many segments of the community. We materialized what TEDx conferences hope to accomplish — bring together the community to share stories and ideas that are inspiring and intellectually stimulating.”

TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons will follow TED’s well-known format of 18-minute presentations from various speakers as well as other performances and demonstrations.
Attendees will also have opportunities to view acclaimed TED Talks videos of past conference speakers, as part of the day’s activities.

Dr. Charles Chase, manager of Revolutionary Technology Programs for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, will speak about revolutionary technology. 
Other speakers will include:
  • Dr. David Andrus COC political science professor
  • Kelly Burke, COC biology professor
  • Dr. Kelly CudeCOC biology professor
  • Dr. Annette Craven, management professor, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Frank Oviedoassistant city managerCity of Santa Clarita
  • Jane Skeeter, founder/CEO of UltraGlas Inc.
The American Tribal Style Belly Dance and tribal drum troupe “Twisted Gypsy” will perform. 

TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at the Valencia campus.

Conference admission is $20 for students and $50 for non-students. Tickets will go on sale March 20. Students can purchase tickets through the Associated Student Government with a valid student I.D. card. 

TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons is hosted by the college’s TEDx Club and sponsored by the Associated Student Government, Small Business Development Center's Young Entrepreneurship Program and Logix.
To register in advance, call Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-5806 or follow the link:

About TEDx, x=independently organized event 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.