Exhibit – Inspire – Facilitate
TALKS works to guide individuals and groups to learn and expand their horizons through short, bi-annual, TED-style talks given by outstanding members of the community.
Exhibition. TALKS exposes many amazing things in the community that might go unnoticed. By bringing in diverse speakers with incredible backgrounds, attendees are exposed to new ideas.
Inspiration. After attending a conference or watching a video online, TALKS hopes that you leave motivated, thought-provoked, and curious.
Facilitation. TALKS hopes to create a living dialogue within the campus community - that it serves as a medium to share thoughts.
The motivation behind TALKS is to create atmosphere - an atmosphere of excitement with collaboration, community, and transparency at its core. "TALKS," in short, will be more than just talks. The intention is to split the event into seminar-style 10-15 minute TALKS and a reception afterwards for people to meet to the speakers and others in the community. It is in this sense that TALKS aligns with the CLASS initiative.
Lecture hall seating 200
Video production to put the TALKS on the Web
4-5 Speakers, 15 min per speaker
Speakers drawn from Rensselaer Community: faculty, students, staff, administration, and alumni
45min to an hour reception afterwards with the speakers with Sodexo catering and giveaways (TALKS "swag" - cups, bracelets, fliers, pens, etc.)
Above all, TALKS stands out as an event that's unique to Rensselaer. At its core, TALKS has different intentions than many of the other lecture series because it focuses on quick, interesting, and inspirational comments given by amazing speakers, thinkers, and leaders in the community. TALKS rests on its ability to spark something within the listeners rather than long, informative lectures about very particular or technical topics.
Some of the things that will contribute to making the community aware of TALKS:
Appropriate time of the day/week. Many of Rensselaer's seminars happen during times of the day where many students have trouble going due to class, research, clubs, and other obligations. Keeping this in mind, TALKS is during accessible times when nearly all students and faculty are off from class. Study days, weekends, evenings are such times.
Bringing in amazing speakers. TALKS is not possible without incredible speakers, which is why TALKS utilizes a wide range of campus connections to find the absolute best speakers possible. Finding speakers is about pooling resources - and it's why Lambda Chi Alpha, a campus social fraternity, kickstarted the project through its incredibly involved student brotherhood.
Interdisciplinary and diverse speakers. Another way TALKS stands out is by having a diverse range of types and fields of talks. Many of the current lecture series around campus focus on one speaker in one area and don't attract as many people as a result. TALKS is for everyone.
Advertising, branding, and getting as many groups involved as possible is key. The intention of having so many groups involved with TALKS is to spread the word at a lower level, rather than administration down. Instead, TALKS generates interest from the bottom up - starting with greek life and student organizations.