Roeper has a wonderful tradition of Senior Projects, a semester or year-long independent study of whatever the student chooses. Roeper TEDx is a stellar example of the amazing things that our students can accomplish. The event occurred last Saturday, March 25th in the Acheson Theatre after nearly a year of planning by Ben and his faculty advisor, David Feldman who took Ben to Detroit TEDx to give him ideas for his own production.
Ben feels he learned many things throughout the process and that the event went very well. “Every team member and every speaker was as dedicated as I was to making the project a success, and I can’t thank them enough. My favorite moment was when I realized that I had done everything I could to make things go smoothly; the most important thing I could do at that point was to sit and watch.” PROGRAM
His support team: curators Katarina Moore and Dan Jacobs; managers Andrew Brock and Maddy Harner; production coordinator, Ttari Helmer; and facilitator, Karen Johnson.
Ben brought in five speakers, former students at Roeper, who shared their ideas and passions:
Richard R. Murray graduated from the Roeper School in 1974. The founder of Chicago-based firm Equity Schools and inventor of Nonlinear Funding is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, London School of Economics, and the University of Salzburg.
Zachary R. Wood graduated from the Roeper Middle School in 2010. He is the president of Uncomfortable Learning, a student group at Williams College, that strives to broaden the range of dialogue on campus around pressing issues of our time.
Patrick O’Connor is a former Roeper student, former Roeper college counselor, and parent of two Roeper alumni. He is the past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, author of five books, and a national columnist for the Huffington Post.
Lianna Trimble is a former Roeper student who is currently a Roeper forensics and Slam Poetry coach. She. She has been lecturing on historical medicine for over six years.
Aaron Egan graduated from the Roeper Upper School in 2005. He is a professional chef, food writer, and food historian. He currently works in a food business incubation program in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Over the past 8 years, he has spoken on the origins of modern cookery techniques, the definition of “local” food, and the mixing of food cultures.