SESP PhD Student Anna Bethune to Give TEDx Talk

SESP PhD Student Anna Bethune to Give TEDx Talk

Anna BethuneOne of the featured speakers at TEDxNorthwesternU 2016 on April 9 is SESP doctoral student Anna Bethune. Her topic for the independently organized TED event is “Yes, Girls Can! Social Impact through Tech Empowerment.”

The TEDx event, organized in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” will feature speakers who will highlight the theme “Beyond Boundaries” – the creativity and ingenuity that drives innovation at Northwestern and around the world,

Three sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the McCormick Foundation Center, and Bethune will present during the third session, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Bethune is a third-year PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy program at the School of Education and Social Policy. She is interested in the systemic problems faced by developing countries such as Jamaica and the ways in which education and technology further social inclusion and development. She received a BA in economics from Stanford University and previously worked as an economics researcher and as a program coordinator at a start-up in Silicon Valley.

Bethune is currently exploring youth civic engagement, civic tech, design-based research and student activist groups of color. She also co-founded Brave Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that encourages high school girls to see themselves as agents of change. Brave Initiatives offers camp experiences that teach coding, design thinking, public speaking and leadership.

The School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern is one of the sponsors of TEDxNorthwesternU 2016, supporting the event through its Opportunities Fund. SESP alumna Nikita Ramanujam (BS15) founded the TEDx event at Northwestern and continues to be involved in advising the current board.

Tickets to the April 9 event are available on the TEDxNorthwesternU website.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/15/16