UCCI hosts free TED Talk simulcast

Director and activist Norman Lear among 70 speakers

TV show producer Norman Lear will be one of the speakers.

The University College of the Cayman Islands is setting up access on campus for students and visitors to view a free TED Talk next week.

[email protected] is a an all-day simulcast of TED2016, a sold-out event in Vancouver, Canada, that costs $8,500 to attend.

The simulcast at UCCI on Tuesday runs from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the Professional Development Centre. All are welcome, and attendees may come and go freely during the event.

The Vancouver event, which runs from Feb. 15-19, will feature more than 70 speakers, each giving 18-minute talks or shorter presentations.

The simulcast TED conference in Cayman, which covers one day of the Vancouver event, will feature speakers discussing the topics “Radical repatterning,” “Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity,” “Lifehacks” and “Deep Memory.”

Norman Lear, a television producer of such hit shows as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Jeffersons,” will be among the speakers. His talk is scheduled between 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Mr. Lear, who at 93 is still pitching ideas for television shows, considers himself an activist, and his strong support of First Amendment rights and progressive causes helped to win him a spot on the TED 2016 stage. He founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group “People for the American Way” and bought an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and took it on tour in all 50 U.S. states for 10 years.

Other speakers at this year’s TED conference include scientists, psychologists, linguists, healthcare providers and musicians.

TED, short for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks. Founded in 1984, the conference now covers a broad range of topics.

A full schedule and list of speakers can be viewed at conferences.ted.com/TED2016. To register to attend the event at UCCI, email [email protected] or contact Dr. JD Mosely-Matchett at 623-0552.