Going global

Beyond initiative continues with speaking series

The Office of International Education will infuse the format of TED Talks and the theme of globalization with Ferris’ second Minds Aflame event.
Minds Aflame will be presented as a part of this year’s Beyond initiative, which focuses on the theme of globalization.
“We chose the globalization theme because today’s world is very interconnected and integrated” said Dr. Piram Prakasam, executive director of the Office of International Education. “We are working in a very global network, so globalization impacts everybody.”
Minds Aflame is similar to TED Talks, with 10 different speakers talking about globalization. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Williams Auditorium and take place in one hour sessions.
“Minds Aflame was created as a signature event for the Beyond series,” said Taylor Hooper, program manager for Beyond: Globalization and Ferris sociology senior. “Minds Aflame will cover a variety of topics. We hope that all attendees leave the event feeling more inspired.”
Some of the speakers coming to campus for the Beyond series include Asher Jay, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who will be presenting on “Wildlife and Wild Wise.” Student Government president Wayne Bersano and international student Enefe Adaji will be presenting an “Opportunity in Diversity” talk. President Eisler will make an opening statement.
“Our motto for the Minds Aflame series is ‘be inspired.’ That’s what we really want students to take away from attending the event,” Prakasam said.
Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are being given an additional opportunity to benefit from attending the sessions. If 75 percent of an RSO’s members are present for the event, the RSO will be entered for a chance to win $500.
Now into its fourth year of events, Beyond is a campus-wide initiative to promote discussion of international topics among students.
“As students prepare for the rapidly changing global world, the Beyond initiative allows us to collectively reflect and shape the world we share,” Hooper said.
For more information on the Beyond initiative, visit ferris.edu/international.