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TED Talks are influential speeches from expert speakers on education, business, science, technology and creativity.

Today’s day and age shows the importance of discussing topics such as violence, racism, sexuality and politics.

Certain topics face controversy, but by talking things out and showing a positive and educational perspective, people can gain different points-of-view about controversial areas of discussion. 

One popular platform for discussing controversial issues is TED Talks.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today ,covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.

What would IUP students talk about if they had their own Ted Talks?

“I’d talk about free speech on campus,” Aaron Good (sophomore, criminology) said. “I feel that it’s an unsaid thing that everyone should respect each other’s opinions. If we advocate and talk about a tolerance about free speech, if we can begin a dialogue of open-mindedness, everyone involved will benefit.” 

Some people want others to understand their points-of-view toward negative stigmas surrounding their passions. 

“I’d probably talk about how there’s such a negative stigma around videogames and violence within the media,” Desmond Brown (junior, journalism and public relations) said. “I’d do a TED Talk explaining how it’s more about narrative designs and how it’s less about killing to kill.” 

Others simply want to make a statement about being a part of a group that is often underestimated, not heard and of the minority. 

“I’d do a TED Talk on why introverts make great leaders,” Tyra McGarvie (sophomore, marketing) said. “I think people pass up introverts for leadership positions when they’re more then capable of doing it.  

“I think that introverts have a lot to bring to the table, but people often assume extroverts are natural born leaders because they’re outgoing.”

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