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Theme: Muthos

March 24, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
North Palm Beach, Florida
United States
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Muthos is the Greek word for public authoritative speaking which has the power to effect change. We borrow the meaning from Homer who used the word muthos in The Iliad and The Odyssey to describe the clever and powerful orations of many male characters who used cunning rhetoric to help win the Trojan War.

But, Homer, ahead of his time, did not see muthos as merely the domain of clever men. The iconic Penelope, wife to Odysseus, is perhaps the most skilled weaver of muthos in the epic The Odyssey. Left behind when her husband is shipwrecked, Penelope weaves her unspoken agenda into a narrative tapestry, which she then unweaves at night.

In both weaving and unweaving, saying and unsaying, Penelope employs an even more sophisticated form of muthos than her male counterparts. Penelope speaks through silence, asserts only to deny, and keeps everyone guessing as they struggle to follow the threads of her wily and clever discourse.

Penelope finds a space and a means to not only be heard and heeded, but to get exactly what she wants without having to say a word.

And that is what The Benjamin School's TEDx event Muthos is all about - weaving together the voices of not just a few, but all. When those diverse voices, in the spirit of muthos, come together, detail and dimension are added to the larger TEDx tapestry and voice is given to ideas worth spreading.

The Benjamin School
11000 Ellison Wilson Road
North Palm Beach, Florida, 33408
United States
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Alexa Cousin

7th Grader
Can classic rhetorical methodology be employed when asking for a new puppy? Does it work? Benjamin Seventh grader Alexa explains.

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

An Emmy and Peabody Award winning producer at ABC News, Alison is currently the producer of the popular podcast Tell Me Something I Don't Know. She was previously a producer at The Documentary Group and produced the 5 hour documentary The Age of Aerospace for the Science and Discovery Channel. She has served as an adjunct professor at The Columbia University School of Journalism as well as a consulting editor at Ashoka Changemakers. While at ABC. she produced and wrote segments for "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour," a four-hour documentary on the shared stories and traditions that unite and divide the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. . For IFC Media she produced a series of investigative pieces. Alison was also a founding editor of Blue Egg, a media company aimed at encouraging and inspiring mainstream Americans to live more sustainably.

Ashley C. Harris

Author/Film Director
Ashley C. Harris Author and film director Ashley C. Harris wrote and directed the teenage film “Lines”. "Lines" was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops. In 2013, she teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first in a new young adult novel series, “Shock Me”. Ashley then went on to author eight other titles, in multiple genres, as she also worked behind-the-scenes on a morning news show that aired on ABC. In 2014, four of Ashley’s books (SHOCK ME, SPARKS, ONE NIGHT IN, LINES ) landed on the Amazon's Best Selling Top-Ten-List. In 2015, she received her first publishing deal for “Troll”, a KindleScout novel winner. TROLL, which fans call a teenage Game Of Thrones, takes place in both a present-day high school and a magical world of deadly magic. Harris’ second novel in the series, TROLL CRIES, will debut in 2017.

Ben Taylor

7th Grade Student
We call people in different lines of work heroes but does the salary we pay them reflect that lauded title? Seventh grade Benjamin student Ben explores.

Benji Gans

7th Grade Student
Benji Gans is a 7th grader at Meyer Academy. He is fluent in Hebrew, plays several instruments, and has an uncanny memory for details. His peers refer to him as Ben-gps because he can tell you how to get anywhere in the United States even if he has only been there once. Benji was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was three years old. Learning to talk was extremely challenging for him. Many experts wondered whether Benji would ever learn to communicate. Now, a decade later, Benji has a remarkable ability to articulate what it is like to have autism and how he has managed to overcome many obstacles at such a young age.

Cole McIlvaine

7th Grade Student
Cole explains the importance of keeping an open mind and the willingness to take up new opportunities

Cynthia Lowen

Emmy nominated filmmaker and writer
Cynthia Lowen is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and writer. She is the director of NETIZENS, a feature documentary about women and online harassment, currently in production. She is also the producer and writer of BULLY, a feature documentary film following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, which she developed in partnership with Emmy- and Sundance-award winning director Lee Hirsch. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.

Danielle Lancaster

7th Grade Student
Danielle, a 7th grader at Benjamin, discusses how being raised in a single parent household has shaped who she is.

Dylan Bernstein

7th Grade Student
Can a person’s choice of eyewear be an expression of themselves? Benjamin 7th grader Dylan Bernstein explores.

Evan Liberman

7th Grade Student
Evan, a 7th grader at Benjamin, will discuss his close relationship with his father and the importance of cherishing each moment they have together.

Ignas Berciunas

7th Grade Student
Ignas, a 7th grader at The Benjamin School, candidly discusses his stutter and how it doesn’t hold him back.

Jack Horgen

7th Grade Student
Jack, a 7th grader at The Benjamin School, explores how visiting Cambodia expanded his worldview and encouraged him to reframe how he sees “bad days.”

Jake Zur

7th Grader
What does it mean to “hack” something and why is the word itself trending in the current news cycle? Jake, a Benjamin 7th grader, hacks the word hacking to investigate its many meanings and why its etymology is so important.

Jakob Kroll

7th Grade Student
We know that birds came from dinosaurs, so how do we keep our favorite feathered friends from suffering extinction as their ancestors did? Seventh grade Benjamin student Jakob explores.

James Key

7th Grade Student
James speaks about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on his family.

Jane Boyland

7th Grade Student
Jane, a Benjamin 7th grader, will discuss her visit to a bullet factory in Israel and how it led to her own process of self discovery.

Joey Palomba

7th Grade Student
Joey, a Benjamin 7th grader, emphasizes the importance of teamwork on and off the athletic field

John Hockenberry

A journalist and author, a four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner, since April 2008, John Hockenberry has been host of The Takeaway, a live national news program created by Public Radio International and WNYC New York. Hockenberry has reported from all over the world, reporting on a wide variety of stories in virtually every medium for more than three decades. He has written dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, a play, and two books, including the bestselling memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the novel A River Out Of Eden.He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Metropolis, and The Washington Post.

John-Vincent Janin

Extreme Sports
In a culture so concerned with health and longevity, why are we so equally enamored with extreme sports which can bring us face to face with death?

Lauren Straub

7th Grade Student
Lauren, a 7th grader at Benjamin, debunks the myth that you have to be related by blood to be real family

Laurie Coots

CEO The Hawn Foundation
Laurie Coots,had a 29-year career leading the growth of the TBWA global network. She provided industry leadership on such topics as compensation methodologies and agency review leadership. and fueled the growth of Chiat/Day, Endurance International ,Apple, Absolut, Nissan, PNC Bank, Adidas, Energizer and more. Laurie is now using her powers for good, in the Not-For-Profit sector. Her deep experience in Disruptive strategies, integrated marketing campaign and organizational change management,serve her well as the CEO of The Hawn Foundation and MindUP™ — its signature program The MindUP program is a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum structured around 15 lessons that focus the mind, sharpen the senses, and introduce concepts such as perspective taking, choosing optimism and expressing gratitude.As CEO, Laurie is focused with the growth and scale of the Foundation and fueling the MindUP™movement - a march to serve 1 Million children in schools with the MindUP™ program by 2017.

Liam Gaeta

7th Grade Student
Liam, a 7th grader at The Benjamin School, talks about how he made do as a surfer when he broke his arm and then discusses famous people who have made what might have initially been perceived as an obstacle their “thing.”

Lucy Campbell

7th Grade Student
Lucy will discuss her love of raising chickens and the many ways individuals can lead a purpose driven life through various disciplines.

Madi McVey

7th Grade Student
Madi shares her early childhood personal health struggle while providing steps for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Matt Postman

7th Grade Student
Age is only a number when it comes to Matt’s special friendship with his brother.

Matthew Smith

7th Grade Student
Matthew, a 7th grader at The Benjamin School, discusses the plight of the endangered blue fish tuna.

Michelle Pfeifer

7th Grade Student
What do you have in common with someone famous? For Michelle Pfeifer it’s her name - and it’s a pain!

Nathan Ginnetty

Musician, Teacher
A true New England native, this songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist has a decade of experience penning and performing original music. Nathan is also a charismatic and unstoppable force as an English literature teacher!

Owen Gelberd

7th Grade Student
What do a black cat, a shattered mirror and the Cubs world series have in common? Owen, a 7th grader at The Benjamin School, explores the world of superstitions and what drives people to believe in them.

Sophia Liporace

7th Grader
Sophia, 7th grader at The Benjamin School, explains how her own health condition has taught her the power of asking and answering questions.

Sophia Smith

7th Grade Student
Are we so obsessed with capturing a moment that we’ve forgotten to actually live it? Sophia will discuss the phenomenon.

Spencer Cohen

7th Grader
It’s complicated. That’s how 7th grade Benjamin student Spencer Cohen describes his relationship with his hair. Spencer talks about his hair, his decision to grow out his “fro,” and the tangled relationship people have with their manes.

Steven Caras

Guest Speaker, Arts & Education Advocate
Steven Caras is a dancer, photographer, published author, keynote speaker, and the subject of an Emmy Award-winning public television documentary entitled Steven Caras: See Them Dance. For fourteen years, he performed with the New York City Ballet under the leadership of its legendary founder, George Balanchine. Noting Caras’ passion for photography, Balanchine encouraged him to take this added interest seriously which led to a luminous second career for his young protégé. Today, Caras’ 40-year body of work is one of the most valuable and historically significant photographic archives in the history of dance, featuring many of the dance world's most iconic artists and institutions. His images continue to appear internationally in prominent books, publications, films, exhibitions and private collections.

Sydney Steinger

7th Grade Student
Should sign language be considered a primary language? Benjamin 7th grader Sydney discusses her very personal relationship with ASL.

Teresa Tuong

7th Grade Student
The dog ate my homework. I left my laptop at home. I didn’t have time. Teresa explores common excuses and how to banish them.

Tina Reine

A Columbia Business School graduate, Tina has a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance. She is passionate about environmental issues and spent the bulk of her career as an environmental commodities trader. At 43, inspired by Cirque du Soleil Tina was determined to become an aerialist. Nearly two decades older than everyone else in her first class, she persisted through the intense training required to become a professional. Tina began choreographing her own routines and entertaining audiences with her awe-inspiring drops, grace and effortless style. Tina has performed as the featured aerialist at Miami’s Fontainebleau and at the famed Art Basel. Her most unnerving performance was being suspended from a crane 60 feet in the air over a sand pit Tina’s goal is to use aerials to inspire others to be courageous in mind and body and to “fly” in ways they never thought they could. She is the subject of a profile in Marlo Thomas' book "It Ain't Over Till It's Over.

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