BC Talks Gears Up for Another Series of Student Speakers

Starting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Heights Room Corcoran Center, BC Talks is coming back for the Fall 2015 semester, showcasing a series of TED-styled talks delivered by fellow BC students.

Taking place once each Spring and Fall semester, BC Talks is brought by Education for Students by Students (ESS). Founded in Fall 2010, ESS started by establishing BC Splash, which offers free courses to high schoolers that are taught by undergraduate and graduate students, before starting BC Talks.

According to the BC Talks Facebook page, the club wants to close the “dichotomy at Boston College between a student's academic and social life.” They continue to say that the TED Talks format “gives undergraduates a platform to share their research, knowledge, and passions, while opening dialogue about numerous current topics in a social setting.” These lectures give audience members the opportunity to be inspired and to learn about a wide range of issues from people who are most passionate about them.

As for the event on Wednesday, Danielle Rutigliano, MCAS '18, will be giving his talk, “This Is Your Captain Speaking.” Foreshadowing the content of his lecture, he states, “‘The learning curve is steep in aviation. You don't just learn the aircraft systems and physics of flight, though. You learn about yourself and your personal capabilities.’"

At 7:15 p.m., Isra Hussain, MCAS '17, presents “An Aching Heart and the Stigma of Mental Health: BC, Boston, and Beyond.” In regards to the importance of discussions on campus about mental health, she says, "Currently, there are increasing conversations at Boston College that hope to end stigma surrounding mental health on campus. But how can we, as students, expand this conversation off campus to relate the dialogue to the larger picture, in hopes of understanding this vital aspect of human experience?"

At 7:30 p.m., Andre Gomes, MCAS '18, will present “The Tech Boom and Gentrification,” noting that "‘[t]he tech boom created a swarm of young innovative minds to major cities but in this excitement we forget to ask the difficult questions.’"

At 7:45 p.m., John Warner, CSOM '16, will be “Looking into the Lookaway.” He says, "‘What really happens between O'Neill and Stokes? This is a story of the disconnect between the past and the present, between desire and personhood. At its core, it's a story about identity.’"

Then at 8 p.m., Nick Genovese, MCAS '16, will showcase “The Gift of True Solitude.” In defense of solitude, he asserts, "Most people look at me like I have two heads when I say that I enjoy spending a great deal of time by myself. I believe it is the most important thing I do for both myself and the people around me."

Bradford Gerber, MCAS '16 will speak at 8:15 p.m. and will address “The Brain at Boston College.” Gerber says, "Our understanding of the human brain as it contributes to human consciousness is getting better and better every day. As college students, how do we adapt when our perception of consciousness is changing, and how is this compatible with an education that orients us to be men and women for others?"

At 8:30 p.m., Jesse Mu, MCAS '17, will analyze the relationship between technology and medicine, giving the talk, “Computers as our Doctors: Unveiling Parkinson's Disease Subtypes with a Data-Driven Approach.” According to Mu, "In recent years, machine learning—the study of computer algorithms that can automatically learn from data—has revolutionized computation across academia and industry. One of its particularly promising applications is medicine: can we make computers learn about diseases? Can we give them the capability to diagnose patients?"

At 8:45 p.m., Tucker Davey, MCAS '16, will showcase “A Layman's Wisdom.” Addressing everyday hypocrisy, Davey says, "Most of us live by ethical double standards, as we give advice to others and fail to follow this same advice ourselves. Our egocentric perspective makes us suffer personally and collectively, but through mindfulness we can come to resolve this dangerous double standard."

And finally at 9 p.m., Ninutsa "Nina" Nadirashvili, MCAS '19, will give a talk entitled “Eighteen Hours in Ten” about the losses and gains of a flight to America.

If you cannot make it to the event, BC Talks also films each lecture and shares it with the BC community on their YouTube page, BCTalksVideos. Talks from previous semesters can be found there as well.

One-on-one friend dates, English Breakfast tea (with milk, no sugar), thrift shopping, and living on Newton (two years running) are life.

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