Dr. David Southward Speaks at TEDxUWMilwaukee Event

As part of campus Winter Welcome, TEDxUWMilwaukee hosted ”Saving our City”, an event meant to inspire a call to action, to empower our communities and begin solving our social, economical, and environmental conflicts. Speakers addressed the topics of urban education, women and substance abuse in cities, and our own David Southward spoke on whether art can “save” a city. Many Honors College students attended the highly popular event.

Honors psychology student, Jack Fennimore said, “Even though there is a lot of injustice in this world, TEDxUWMilwaukee teaches us that not only is there hope but we can all make a difference together. The more exposure events like these get, the more people know about the problems we’re facing and the things we can do to solve them. Making change starts with becoming informed and educated.”

Jacob Davies, Honors accounting major said the event was “truly inspiring, especially in the midst of the proposed budget cuts to the UW System. Together the speakers emphasized demanding a long-term vision from elected officials and how that is the way our communities and state will continue to advance and be able to benefit from exceptional programs like the Honors College.”

The Honors College congratulates Dr. David Southward and the TEDxUWMilwaukee planning team on an outstanding event. The team plans to host their next event during UWM Geek Week later this month. TEDxUWMilwuakee was founded by Honors College students Mike Sportiello and Aaron Davis and includes Honors students Cole Meller, Kacee Ochalek, and Ian Guyette on the planning team.