South Pole TEDx viewing party to be hosted in Bessey Hall Jan. 21

Photo Credit: TEDxScottBase
January 19, 2017

TEDxLincoln and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will be hosting a viewing site for TEDxScottBase, the first TEDx presented from Antarctica. The event will be in Bessey Hall room 117 on University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community.

Professor David Harwood will host the event, fielding questions and offering stories and perspectives.

The department has been involved in research on the Antarctic continent for many years, recently through the ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological Drilling) Project and the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or WISSARD, project funded by the National Science Foundation. These projects reflect an interdisciplinary effort of scientists from around the world.

Live viewing events led by TEDxScottBase Hosts will be held worldwide. Hosts will facilitate discussions between their viewing event communities, local experts and, where possible, the TEDxScottBase team and speakers, as well as create a dialogue on issues and subject matter which emerge from the TEDxScottBase event. TEDxScottBase celebrates 60 years of Antarctic Research through New Zealand’s Scott Base.

“I’m pleased that we have the opportunity to take part in this historic event, “ said Randy Bretz, TEDxLincoln licensee and curator. “There have been nearly 20,000 TEDx events all over the globe, and TEDxScottBase means we’ve touched the final continent.”

TEDxLincoln conducted its first event in 2011, and since that time has seen more than 100 speakers share ideas at nearly thirty events. In 2017, TEDxLincoln is hosting a day-long viewing party from the international TED conference on April 27 and planning a main event in the early fall.