TEDxYorkU 2014 just came to a close after our third and final round of talks and performances. Here are some of the highlights:
- Father-daughter team Roger and Anjelica Scannura performed a set of 3 songs in the flamenco style. Roger played the guitar while his daughter danced, both exhibiting incredible grace. The strong rhythmic strumming of the flamenco style were match by Anjelica’s movement and tapping. This multidisciplinary collaboration was the perfect opening for the final third of the day.
- Jessica Cook, a Masters of Environmental Studies candidate at York University, spoke on the subject of Aboriginal culture. She highlighted how Aboriginal culture is often left out of Canada’s multicultural history. She said “We are educating aboriginal culture out of existence”, bringing to light how our education system doesn’t encourage the continued inclusion of Canada’s Aboriginal roots.
- Debra Pepler spoke about how to raise healthy children in a social context. She said “Children need more than basic care-taking; they need guidance”. She stressed the importance of love and healthy relationships, which allow children to learn from their experiences and become healthy adults.
- Noah Wayne gave a talk on how we can systematically work towards getting more people healthier, He is a PhD candidate at York University, and spoke about his research project, which aims to connect people to health coaches using technology.
- Ayden Byle, a York University graduate, finished the day’s talks by speaking about how combustion is often unpredictable. “Not every spark will catch fire,” he explained, illustrating how even the most successful people experience failure before getting it right. He left the audience with a final thought: “Sometimes, you just have to stop and think”.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the event. You helped make it an incredible success. We’ll see you next year when TEDxYorkU returns.