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Students Present TEDx Yeshiva University

November 16 Event Speakers Include Faculty, Students and Alumni on Topics Ranging From Addressing Poverty to Student-Centered Learning

On Thursday, November 16, TEDx Yeshiva University will present its second year of TED-style lectures at the Yeshiva University Museum/Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, from 7 to 9 p.m.

TED (an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design) began its talks in 1984, and since that time, TED Talks have become the standard for short, powerful lectures designed to spark conversation. The program was created to help communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. These events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license from TED.

This year, six speakers will present on the TEDx Yeshiva University stage, including YU alumni, faculty and students as well as professionals in their fields.

Dr. Richa Bhatia, FAPA, a dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, will speak about “What's Missing in Our Pursuit of Happiness.”

Michael Klein, a senior in the Sy Syms School of Business Honors Program, will focus on “Millenial Destiny,” while Ari Marder ’17YC and fifth-grade Judaic studies teacher Ayla Postelnek ’17S will discuss “How Changing Our View of Poverty Can Change How We Address It" and “The Power of Potential: Student Centered Learning," respectively.

Alyssa Herman ’92S, vice president for institutional advancement at Yeshiva University, will deliver a talk titled, "It's All About the Mission," while Laizer Kornwasser ’92SB, adjunct professor at Sy Syms and a member of the YU Board of Trustees, discusses “Recalculating: From Professor to Executive and Back.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at, and seating is limited. Last year, the event was sold out seven minutes after registration went live.

Yael Saban, co-curator for the event, said, “TEDx Yeshiva University represents our ability to use our power as students for the greater good of our community. Being able to spread ideas like these will hopefully inspire students at Yeshiva University to see the scope of their own potential for change and know that for each of them at Yeshiva University, and within this world, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.”