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TEDxOccidentalCollege 2014


A TEDx event including short talks and TED Talks videos designed around the theme “Reinventing the American Dream.” The American Dream has remained a concept centered on individual ambition, independence and success. Yet today’s world is increasingly shaped by communities, both virtual and physical, and notions of sustainability. Navigating this community-centric world forces us to ponder our individual definitions of success, and how our personal goals relate to the social and natural environments around us. Our TEDx will gather leaders from various sectors to discuss this momentum towards greater connection, and begin a dialogue that captures the essence of where America stands today, and our future steps as a global community.


March 29, 2014. The schedule for the day can be found here.


Thorne Hall, Occidental College. 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Directions to the College can be found here or on Google Maps. A map of campus slightly modified for this event can be found here.


Leaders from the Los Angeles and from around the world will be invited to speak, as well as selected Oxy students and faculty members.


Occidental is a fertile ground for ideas that would be well-served in a TEDx forum, a perfect community to aggregate and share these important conversations. We believe we are part of a greater cultural shift across many college campuses that reflects the new world we live in. As a college fostering the growth of the next generation of leaders, we are the perfect environment to start a discussion that will be shared.




TEDxOccidentalCollege 2014 is funded by:

The Office of Student Life at Occidental College

The Espresso Masters

If you or your organization is interested in supporting this event, contact our Director of Budget & Finance, Arun Chadda, at Learn more now by clicking here.


Amos Himmelstein

Administrative Organizer

Sanjeev Khagram

Faculty Advisor

Alexander Urry


Cholpon Ramizova

Co-Manager and Curator

Valdair Lopes

Speaker Curator/Co-Host

Kymberlee Weil

Speaker Coach

Shilpa Bhongir

Student Advisor/Co-Host

Calli Obern

Creative Director

Clif Cody

Production Manager

Mana Shibata


Sam Ravetz

Event Coordinator

Arun Chadda

Director of Budget & Finance

Joshua Eidelman

Products Manager

CJ Cruz

Audience Curator

Raven Juergensen


Miriam Hamburger

Set Design

Ian Mariani

Social Media Campaign Director

Ian Silverness

Marketing Director

Galen Mack-Crane

We would also like to recognize the efforts of Daniel Chamberlain’s Web Design class, and especially Daniel Chamberlain himself, for his active and essential support of this website; and also the early efforts of Emma Lalley and Emma Lodes.


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