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TEDxCooperUnion 2012: Found in Translation

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5 - 9pm

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TEDxCooperUnion 2012 is dedicated to the theme Found in Translation.

We envision this to be about exploring the intersections between engineering, art, architecture and the humanities. Lateral thinking can often expose new connections and inspire innovation!

We would like to invite you to apply and share with us all your experiences, ideas and thoughts about the very process of Translation in all of its possible meanings.

We believe Translation can bring new insights, new concepts, new perspectives. Let's all think out of the box, use our lateral thinking abilities and see what can be Found in Translation!!

TEDxCooperUnion: Found In Translation will feature live speakers, TEDTalks video and discussions exploring the intersections between engineering, art, architecture and the humanities.  Presenters include:

•    Ron Gonen, Co-founder of RecycleBank, will talk about his new venture to convert dog waste into clean energy.
•    Flora Lichtman, the multimedia editor at NPR’s "Science Friday," will give her top five list of How To Talk To Scientists.
•    Sangu Iyer (CE ‘1999), writer and PE, will talk about "Soiled Hands," her essay published in the anthology Primate People: Saving Nonhuman Primates through Education, Advocacy and Sanctuary.
•    Benji Strauss (BME ‘12) will talk about his work as a volunteer EMT and the dangers of missing silent heart attacks.

TEDxCooperUnion is licensed by TED and independently organized by Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union Professor, alumna, and TED Fellow Nina Tandon.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.