Public Invited to Pacific University on May 10 for Upcoming TEDx Talk by Professor Todd Duncan

Pacific University invites the public to McGill Auditorium on the Forest Grove Campus on Wednesday evening, May 10, for a special preview of an upcoming talk that physics professor Todd Duncan will give at an invitation-only TEDx conference later this month.

Duncan's talk, The Value of the Cosmic Perspective, is based on a paper he published in 2012 and will begin at 7 p.m. A question and answer session will follow and admission is free. McGill Auditorium is located on the southeast side of campus adjacent to Cedar Street.

The Value of the Cosmic Perspective will be one of nine talks given to a select audience during a TEDx conference titled thinkFORWARD that will take place at Portland Community College Rock Creek on May 25. The talks from that Tedx conference will become available to the public sometime after the conference.

"TEDx conferences are intended to get people thinking about how we can expand our way of thinking to solve social problems that we face now," Duncan says. "The idea is that there is a value in science beyond science itself. There is a bigger picture, and we can use science to expand our point of view beyond ourselves."

TED 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. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017