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Theme: Plot Twist

This event occurred on
December 7, 2013
12:00pm - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
New York, New York
United States

"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.

New York University
238 Thompson Street
New York, New York, 10003
United States
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Organizing team


New York, NY, United States
  • Griffin Dooling
    President, TEDxNYU
  • Abhinay Ashutosh
    Vice President, TEDxNYU
  • Evan Harms
    Chief of Staff, TEDxNYU
  • Michael Serunian
    Treasurer, TEDxNYU
  • Berni Reifeld
    Co-Director of Production
  • Lillian Leung
    Co-Director of Production
  • Paris DeYoung
    Director of Speaker Curation
  • Jody Mak
    Creative Director
  • Javier Justiniano
    Director of Community Events
  • Jenny Sze
    Director of Fundraising