TED Came to Georgia

Posted on March 12, 2012 by


A few weeks ago, our very own Neal Zupancic had the opportunity to participate in the internationally renowned lecture series TEDx.  The event was hosted by Tbilisi State University about a month ago and Neal was invited to speak about culture and language.  Rather than discuss Neal’s topic at length, I’ll let him do the talking!

“Neal Zupancic argues that language education and cultural understanding are inseparable.

Neal Zupancic is a volunteer with Teach and Learn with Georgia, an organization that seeks to improve language education and foster cultural exchange. Since joining the organization in August 2010, Neal has taught English to police officers, Ministry of Education and Science staff members, and public school students of all ages. Neal writes about his experiences in Georgia on his blog, Georgia On My Mind, and is the Managing Editor of the TLG Official Blog

Neal used to be a chef and restaurant manager in his hometown of New York City, but moved on to pursue higher education, earning a BA in Political Science from Hunter College just before coming to Georgia. In his spare time, Neal worked in the theater industry, hanging lights and writing plays.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)”