Learn more about topics ranging from obesity to human rights when Northwestern University thought leaders from across campus and beyond gather on April 12 for TEDx NorthwesternU 2014.


This is the first-ever inclusive TEDx event at Northwestern to feature students, faculty and alumni on one stage for a full day of talks. TEDx NorthwesternU 2014 will focus on “crossing paths” — or how our increasingly complex world is driven by new collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking.


The TED organization brings together innovative thinkers and leaders from around the world. And its TEDx program enables individuals or groups like Northwestern to organize independent events in their own communities.


TEDx NorthwesternU 2014 will be held April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston.


Topic titles and speakers:


  • “Technology, Crossing Paths and Romantic Compatibility" by Eli Finkel, professor of psychology
  • “Pluto's Day of Reckoning" by Shane Larson, research associate professor of physics and astronomy
  • “No Child Is Born Bad” by Xavier McElrath-Bey, clinical field interviewer in psychiatry and behavioral sciences
  • “The Antidote to Obesity" by Linda Van Horn, professor of preventive medicine



  • “Educating the Future” by Aysha Chowdry (WCAS04)
  • “Schools Should Let Paths Cross More Often” by Stephen Dowling (BSM13)
  • “Human Rights, Sankofa and the Power of Paradigms” by Marissa Jackson (WCAS06)
  • “Relationship Analytics Change the Way We Manage Business” by Zach Johnson (C10)



  • “12 Years, Huh?” by Parag Gupta (GMcC14)
  • “Crossing the Paths of Culture and Human Rights” by Neha Reddy (WCAS16)
  • “Why Little Red Riding Hood Was Wrong” by Michael Silberblatt (C14)
  • “Finding Your Long Lost Twin” by Jackson Walker (WCAS17)


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