Mornings with TED

ALL NEW Topics and Talks… Mornings with TED
5 sessions, 10 hours

Grab a cup of coffee and wake up with TED. Don’t know TED? Allow ILR to introduce you. TED short videos, pulled from the highly respected TED conferences, feature some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the “talk of their lives” in 18 minutes or less. The subjects of TED talks range from technology, entertainment, and design to science, global issues, humanity and more. Their mission? Spreading Ideas. The series invites you to watch a short, hand- picked TED video ( at each class and share your own ideas with your fellow students in a lively discussion of the topic.

Instructor:  Matt Bernota has a Master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland and for 40 years has taught both high school and adult education courses in history, economics, and law education. His favorite TED talks are those that stimulate insights and offer new perspectives on contemporary issues… one of his favorite TED talks is Karen Orestes’ Why We Should Trust the Scientists.

ILR431 Mornings with TED
4-digit #: 3598
Tuesdays, 10:30 am – Noon, April 4 – May 2
Location: FCC Conference Center/E123
Fee: $79


The Mornings with TED ILR series was developed in order to give students the opportunity to discuss and share their ideas on a broad range of topics via the inspirational talks of some of “the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers”. In each session, students will view a TED Talk video, followed discussion of the topic. In the fall session we will explore the future and take some time to ask the big “What IF” questions.


  • TED Mission: Spreading Ideas
  • TED Conference was founded in 1984
  • “TED Talks” videos launched online in 2006 to share the conference with the world
  • Every second, 17 people watch a TED Talk
  • TED Talks are one of the most used tools in university classrooms around the world.
  • The annual $1M dollar TED Prize provides funding for A Wish to Inspire the World.
  • Read more about TED here:
What Mornings with TED isn't.

What Mornings with TED isn’t.

Mornings with TED Discussion Rules:        
• Be respectful of all participants at all times.
• Give everyone a chance to speak.
• Keep it relevant.
• Please leave your party at the door.

You are invited and encouraged to continue your discussion online after class!
The comments section for each session will remain open until the end of the course series, allowing you to continue sharing your thoughts, ideas, and questions. If you have any questions about the online forum, please email the moderator, Mary Beth, at

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