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Gearing up for TEDx SemesteratSea



Jul 30, 2014


Gearing up for TEDx SemesteratSea

960 TEDx Salon
Student Brittani Brown and Assistant Field Director Julie Engerran shared their inspirational stories of personal transformation during the TEDx salon event, held as a precursor to the upcoming TEDx SemesteratSea August 5.

Following a wildly successful TEDx SemesteratSea in San Diego in January, the next TEDx SemesteratSea takes place on the MV Explorer August 5 while the ship is docked in Helsinki. To gear up for the event, whose theme is “Anchors Away: From Ideas to Action,” a smaller TEDx salon gathering in the Union was held just before we reached St. Petersburg, Russia.

This event included the viewing of Sarah Kay’s TED Talk, “If I should have a daughter…” Also, two members of the shipboard community shared their personal journeys.  Assistant Field Director Julie Engerran, who spoke about “The Bug,” detailed her reactions — and the support from her local community — after being diagnosed with cancer a year ago. During her talk “The Recipe,” student Brittani Brown referenced the scholarship she founded in memory of her friend Kianna Thomas, a dancer who passed away at a young age; Brittani encouraged listeners to always follow their passions.

Listen to these gutsy speakers as they tell their stories about overcoming adversity and making things happen.

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