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J-Day, TEDxYOUTH at ACS on March 22

March 21, 2014
Russell Williams is one of the featured presenters at J-Day. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Russell Williams is one of the featured presenters at J-Day. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

ABU DHABI—The American Community School of Abu Dhabi will host two events on Saturday, March 22: A TEDxYouth session in the afternoon and Journalism Day in the morning.

The TEDxYouth talk session, which will begin at 3 p.m., features the work of two ACS students, Dina Shriem and Dennis Hilgendorf. Shriem and Hilgendorf are  members of a program called Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). It is a core component of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at ACS.

The idea for a TEDxYouth day of talks came up during the second semester of Grade 11, when clips from TEDTalks videos were screened and discussed in English Higher Level and Theory of Knowledge classes.

“TED has been a source of learning throughout my high school career,” Shriem said. “It’s been an alternative way for me to understand concepts in our subjects beyond the classroom. I can’t wait for what TEDxYouthACS is going to bring to our community, and I hope it will be a legacy for many years.” (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2013

Doris Lessing, on libraries (1999)

“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, on the freedom to criticize

“Whistleblowers, and responsible media outlets that work with them, play an important role. We need powerful agencies to combat criminal activity online, but any powerful agency needs checks and balances and, based on recent revelations, it seems the current system of checks and balances has failed.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 14

October 14, 2013

Marcus Brauchli, on journalism

“Journalists have not only the right but a responsibility to challenge government—its behavior, its reasoning and its assertion of fact.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 13

October 13, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, on security and the World Wide Web

“The original design of the Web 24 years ago was for a universal space. We just have to make sure it’s not undercut by any large companies or governments trying to use it and get total control.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 11

October 11, 2013

Stephen Fry, on a free society

“Privacy and freedom from state intrusion are important for everyone. You can’t just scream ‘terrorism’ and use it as an excuse for Orwellian snooping.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 13

September 13, 2013

Heather Brooke, on freedom of information

“Getting information is only the beginning. Transparency in government must be accompanied by the public’s right to be heard and to influence government policy. (more…)

SPLC director LoMonte sees dual purpose for journalism education

August 7, 2013
Frank LoMonte speaks at the Capital Teach-In at George Washington University. (Photo by David W. Bulla0

Frank LoMonte speaks at the Capital Teach-In at George Washington University. (Photo by David W. Bulla0

By David W. Bulla

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Frank LoMonte is a mass communication legal expert. The executive director of the Student Press Law Center, LoMonte specializes in freedom of the press for student journalists at the high school and college level. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 19

July 19, 2013

Harold Howe, on libraries

“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 30

August 30, 2012

Edward R. Murrow, on freedom

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”