Arts and Sciences Resources
To help our students explore the diversity of the arts and sciences, we have assembled a variety of interesting, innovative, thought provoking videos and to function as a supplement to the course materials. The videos presented here were gathered from various TED Talks. TED: Ideas worth spreading is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
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The forecast calls for… (7 talks)
Why is it that the weather is so often a subject of conversation? Because it’s a shared experience amongst all those around us. Here, talks about the weather.
Ocean wonders (10 talks) -
Dive into the unexplored universe beneath the waves: the beautiful, fragile (and sometimes terrifying) world of the ocean.
Are we alone in the universe? (5 talks)
Is Earth really the only life-sustaining planet in existence? These speakers think there might just be something or someone else out there, and urge us not to stop the search.
Planes, trains and automobiles (12 talks)
Drive a plane? Race a car with your eyes closed? Fly? Innovators in transportation show that getting from point A to point B doesn't have to be boring.
Adventures in mapping (10 talks)
Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. Maps convey information that shapes our lives, deepen our understanding of problems and our ability to create solutions, and whisk our imaginations to new lands.
Plantastic! (10 talks) - Green, leafy, often delicious: Plants are all around us and make the ecosystem work. Hear from gardeners, vegetarians, designers and conservationists on the wonderful world of plants and vegetables.
Climate change: Oh, it's real (8 talks)
We still have a lot to learn about climate change, about why it's happening and what that means. But one thing is clear: It's real, alright. These talks provide a primer on the issue of our times.
The eternal search to prolong life (5 talks)
Why are we so obsessed with age? From quests for youth to immortality, these speakers explore the science of staying alive.
Geoffrey Canada on social change (7 talks)
Educator and activist Geoffrey Canada chose a powerful list of favorites — talks that address the cycles of poverty and gender violence, and offer bold suggestions for change
The quest to end poverty (12 talks)
It's the challenge of our age: How do we end poverty? Hear ideas and results from economists, philanthropists, activists working -- in labs and on the ground -- to wipe it out.
Our future in cities (10 talks)
Humanity's future is the future of cities. Explore the crowded favelas, greened-up blocks and futuristic districts that could shape the future of cities -- and take a profane, hilarious side trip to the suburbs.
War stories (11 talks)
We need to talk about war. These powerful, crucial talks come from soldiers, politicians, journalists and others who've seen the reality of war firsthand.
The road to peace (8 talks)
Peace. It's humanity's eternal, elusive dream. These speakers offer inspired ideas, practical advice and real-world examples from around the globe of how it just might be attainable.
Ancient clues (5 talks)
Fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity's beginnings and journey.
Hans Rosling (5 talks)
Data visionary Hans Rosling's favorite talks keep an eye toward health, economics and population growth -- from business in Africa to youth culture in China.
The big picture (12 talks)
Must-listen talks about the future of the environment, crime, technology, government and the human race.
The power of film (12 talks)
Few things are as magical as sitting back in a theater with a hushed crowd to enjoy a film, but what you see on the screen isn't everything. Hear from visionaries -- from Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood -- on how to make movies.
Art in Exile
Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home.
Weaving narratives in museum galleries
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories.
Jehane Noujaim - My wish: A global day of film
Jehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.
The global power shift (9 talks)
Big-picture talks about global politics and the shifting weight of the world.
Words, words, words (12 talks) - As Wittgenstein wrote, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." Watch talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language.
David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes.
Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!
Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education — one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.
Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one — to create bold thinkers.
Our digital lives (10 talks)
Our hyper-connected lives have been rewired for the digital age. These talks explore how the Internet and social media are shaping our relationships, personal lives and sense of self.
TED under 20 (13 talks)
Talks from scientists, musicians, innovators -- all in their teens. Watch these amazing wunderkinds.