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TEDxRutgers - 2019 Annual Conference

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Livingston Student Center Auditorium

84 Joyce Kilmer Ave #117D

Piscataway, NJ 08854

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ABOUT TEDxRUTGERS

What is TEDxRutgers?

TEDxRutgers is a nonprofit student organization dedicated to empowering individuals through ideas. It holds the only license at Rutgers University to host TEDx events and conferences. Founded in 2011 by students, it aims to foster an environment for spreading ideas, with live speakers and TEDTalks videos, serving as a means to inspire deep discussions and connections between individuals with various backgrounds. It also hopes to challenge its community to think critically and be motivated to make a positive impact on our world.

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 TEDxRutgers, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRutgers event, TEDTalks video and live speakers wiWe'rell 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.




PALE BLUE DOT

In 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft took a picture of Earth from 6 billion kilometers away. Our entire world appeared as a small, barely visible blue pixel. This photo alludes to how all of our experiences - from triumphs to failures, agreements to conflicts, connections to divisions - are virtually nothing in the realm of the universe. Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan coined the term “Pale Blue Dot” in response to this image - “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.“

The sight puts into perspective how each of our stories is just one of billions unfolding each day all around the planet. With every passing minute, new goals are reached, records are broken, and ideas are sprouted. Each of us journey through this world, forging our own unique path, slowly understanding the universe around us.

This year, we will zoom out and explore the bigger picture, because each individual story is surrounded by countless others waiting to be heard. What can we learn from this large dose of perspective? No matter how alone we might feel in our endeavors, there exists a world of incredibly different experiences out there so vast that we cannot possibly fathom it all.

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