TEDx Event on April 18 Features SESP Faculty

TEDx Event on April 18 Features SESP Faculty

David Figlio


“An exploration of learning in all its forms” is the theme of an upcoming TEDx event in Evanston on April 18. SESP faculty members David Figlio, Reed Stevens and Matt Easterday will speak at the event.

The independent TED event, called “Adventures in Learning,” was organized by Learning Sciences master’s student Adam Lupu and three collaborators. TED, which started in 1984, is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading that presents talks at www.ted.com. The agenda for the TEDx event includes four speakers, two recorded talks and a musical performance.

Professor David Figlio will speak on “How Do I Know If My Child's School Is Any Good?” The Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Figlio has published his research on school accountability, standards and education policy in numerous leading journals. He has also advised several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation and evaluation of education policy.

Reed Stevens

Professor Reed Stevens will speak on “Learning, Everywhere but School.” Stevens is a professor of learning sciences at SESP, and his research focuses on learning and activity in a wide range of places and situations, examining how people make and use knowledge and where that knowledge comes from.

Assistant professor Matt Easterday will speak on “Cybercivics 101: Educational Technology For The New Civics.” He received his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and his research focuses on scientifically supported use of educational technology for learning “the new civics.” He is interested in developing informed and engaged citizens who can solve serious social problems.

The TEDx event is set to begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. and end with a closing celebration at 9:30 p.m. Nichols Concert Hall at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston is the venue for the event.

Matt Easterday
Lupu says, "The goal is to promote learning in the Evanston community as well as a general excitement for inspiring ideas, presentations and conversations. We also seek to connect Evanston with the international TED community, and since this is the first local TED event in Evanston, it should be a good first step."

To register, visit the event website at http://www.tedx-evanston.com/. General admission is $45, and tickets for students and teachers are $15.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/29/12