Over the course of an afternoon, six Williams faculty members and two students presented short talks on such wide-ranging topicsĀ as galaxy collisions, the philosophy of the mind, and pop Orientalism.

For this, our first TEDx event, many of the talks were inspired by or developed from ideas explored in tutorials at Williams. These distinctly Williams academic courses are deep, semester-long conversations among two students and a professor, in which students develop independent work, as well as their writing abilities and critical thinking skills.

Sincere thanks to this year’s wonderful presenters and to the members of the Williams community who made up our enthusiastic, supportive audience.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWilliamsCollege, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxWilliamsCollege, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.