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By Maria Suarez, Contributing Writer

From revolutionizing the spread of ideas through its innovative speeches and YouTube phenomenon comes the third annual TEDx event: “Narrative Matters: Using Story to Make Change” on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at BCC’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre.

Significant achievements are granted to the sponsors : The Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation, the Ciccone Theatre, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, for hosting this free event from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. for the members of Bergen Community college. The school is amongst only 20 colleges and universities in the country to have been granted a license to host TEDx events.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that encourages the power of idea from inspiring voices from around the world in speeches under 15 minutes. Stories that bring in people for the specific purpose and motive of being heard and hopefully, empathize with a diverse audience through its unbiased content. Its purpose is community based, but most TED talks are posted on YouTube in the TED talk section under the slogan of Ideas Worth Spreading.

An event like this one will not only rattle the minds of the students and faculty, but serve as an integral component of global exchange amongst the school. It is divided between three sessions with several breaks in between. Chris Anderson of TED talk will be performing in the theatre for the morning welcoming. Volunteers from Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association will be in charge of several tasks including ushering everyone in for the morning registration, timer, stagehand, registrar, overseeing the merchandise, and helping the speakers as well. So, be on the watch for these students trying to help with the event.

For more information on the upcoming TEDx event and if you would like to volunteer, please contact Ellen Feig at or 201-301-1243 or visit All are welcome.