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Theme: Plot Twist

New York, NY, United States
December 7th, 2013

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About this event

"Luke. I am your father." -- one of the most famous plot twists in cinema. No one going into Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back would ever have expected that the series' biggest bad-guy was father to their hero. Often the most compelling and fulfilling stories contain plot twists just like this one. It is at these intersections of the unexpected with reality and surprise with fact where the most exciting ideas are found.

For our speakers, their lives and lives' work have been fundamentally shaped at the crossroads of expectation and actuality. Today, they share with us these stories and the successes they sparked by deconstructing happiness to reveal the truth beneath our societal obstructions; revisiting age-old ideas in the context of the present day; and rediscovering the core of passions un-muddled by the pressure of external dogma.

From this variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and interests, we've found one thing in common -- a commitment to embracing the unexpected.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Shahar Lion
    Transformation In Full Motion
  • Dr. Brendan Hogan
    YOLO to YODO: Philosophy Gets Serious About Happiness
  • Pascal Wallisch
    The Neurobiology of Happiness
  • Jennifer Hecht
    The Happiness Myth
  • Jess Grippo
    The Dance Less Traveled
  • Tyler Rabinowitz
    The Characters We Grow Up With

Venue and Details

Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life
238 Thompson St
New York, NY, 10012
United States

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Abhinay Ashutosh
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Michael Serunian
Treasurer, TEDxNYU
Berni Reifeld
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Lillian Leung
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Paris DeYoung
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Jody Mak
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Javier Justiniano
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