Hamilton will host a TEDx event on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the Kennedy Center Barrett Lab Theatre. This year’s theme Against the Grain focuses on how individuals can use interpersonal differences to find strength and inspiration.

TEDx talks are independently organized by Hamilton students. A TEDx talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. 

Each speaker will draw on personal experiences to show how he or she has been able to enact change. They will help attendees understand how positive impact can be made when individuals can step outside of their own comfort zone and challenge their natural inclinations.

The speakers and their topics will include:

Session 1:

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Dr. Abby Hardgroves teaches at the Knowledge Is Power Program/KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans. Her work focuses on conflict and displacement found among youth in developing countries. She will speak about the effect of oppression and exclusion throughout history, and the need for diversity.

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Session 2

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Hamilton Professor of Africana Studies and Classics Shelley Haley will speak about the importance of fighting against imposed stereotypes and expectations.  Haley has appeared on BBC and The Learning Channel programs and many of her lectures focus on the need for greater representation of students of color in Latin, ancient Greek, and Classics classrooms.

TED video

“Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model” by Cameron Russell

Do Not Wait

Saxon Kincy is an up-and-coming rapper from L.A. who has performed across the United States and Europe. He started writing songs when he was homeless in 2014 and has since written hundreds and recorded 30 of them. Kincy has released an EP called "The Perils," which garnered over 600,000 views in its first three weeks of release. He will speak about fighting against his struggles through the power of hip-hop.

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