By GREGORY ZELLER //
Adelphi University has announced a deep roster of regional innovators for its second TEDx event.
Scheduled for March 31, the second-annual TEDxAdelphiUniversity – an independently organized event licensed by TED, the national nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading” – is focused on the theme “What Now?” and unites some of the area’s most fascinating and inspirational thought leaders, according to Elizabeth Cohn, executive director of Adelphi University’s Center for Health Innovation.
Where 2016’s inaugural TEDxAdelphiUniversity was a sort of trial run – Cohn, who organized the first and is overseeing the second, noted a “restricted license” – round two is a full-on TED event, with a dozen speakers leading dialogues on key questions of the day.
“The time for asking ‘What Now?’ has never been more important and essential to our community and society at large,” Cohn said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this event back to Adelphi to continue these critical dialogues.”
Scheduled speakers for this year’s event include James Ferguson of Brightwaters, a family physician with a 30-year East Islip practice and a long history of volunteer work in Ghana, Haiti and other third-world countries. Those experiences gave Ferguson unique insights into various tropical diseases, which influence the monthly free clinic he’s run for the past decade on the East End, treating migrant farm workers from Central and South America.
Also highlighting the card: Michael Hynes, superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford School District, on a mission to share the importance and wisdom of holistic education; Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association, one of Long Island’s oldest and largest nonprofit organizations; and stand-up comedian Kelley Lynn, a YouTube sensation who’s taught acting at Adelphi University for 16 years and proudly been blocked on Twitter by President Trump.
Other scheduled speakers include a cross-section of environmentalists, artists, Adelphi University graduate students, aspiring activists and veteran educators, with experiences and presentations that apply “What Now?” to a range of hot-button issues, including social justice, climate change, suicide, autism and “cyber civics” in the social media age, among others.
The second TEDxAdelphi University is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 31 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20 each for students of any accredited college or university (with ID) and Adelphi faculty and staff, and $30 for general admission, with “early bird specials” in effect through March 1.
Tickets and more information are available here.