• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Monday, February 1, 2021

Welcome to my TED Talk...

One thing that happens often in Teen Central is pockets of teens striking up a conversation around a seemingly random topic. It’s one of the things I love most about working in Teen Central, participating and experiencing these discussions. If you are a teen who loves discovering and exploring new topics then you will enjoy this new program.

So calling all future researchers to join us every first Tuesday of the month to explore a new topic. We'll be meeting virtually using Zoom. You will be emailed a link and password to attend the Zoom meeting after you register. If you do not have a webcam or microphone, you may still attend.

  • January's theme: Predicting the Future
  • Meeting: Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.

Would you like to know what’s in our future? What’s going to happen to humanity tomorrow, next year, or even a millennium from now? Well, you’re not alone. Everyone from governments to the military to industry leaders do as well, and they all employ people - called ‘futurists’ - who attempt to forecast the future.

This month we are going to explore how these ‘futurists’ do what they do. We are also going to explore how the literary genre science fiction can help predict the future. We’ll take a look at science fiction books from the past to see how close they came or how far off they were to our present.

To get a head start view this video and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

How science fiction can help predict the future - Roey Tzezana

  • February's theme: Black History
  • Meeting: Feb. 2 at 4 p.m.

Every year the country takes the month of February to teach and honor the history of the black population. And we all know this wasn’t the case. This month we are not only going to explore the history of Black History Month but also how that history has been taught throughout the years.

We will also take a look at the term ‘Systematic Racism’. What does it mean, how does it work, and how we can start solving the problem today.

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

Rewriting Civil War history

Systemic racism explained

  • March's theme: Mythological Women
  • Meeting: Mar. 2 at 4 p.m.

March is National Women History month, and being a woman myself I love learning about new women from years past. Our stories weren’t always shared and there are some really great ones out there. This month however I thought we’d dive into the world of mythology and look at how women feature in myths and lore from around the world.

For instance, do you know who the Egyptian goddess Isis is and why she likes going on road trips with giant scorpions? What about that one time the Hindu goddess, Parvati plunged the world into the darkness to prove a point to her husband?

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

The Egyptian myth of Isis

The Hindu goddess of nourishment

  • April's theme: Earth
  • Meeting: Apr. 6 at 4 p.m.

Spring is coming and nature will be reawaking after it’s long winter slumber. This month we are exploring how precious is this planet of ours? Are we as humans being good stewards of this finite resource?

Once again it’s becoming fashionable to be an ecowarrior. But what does that even mean? Is it possible to create the perfect symbiotic relationship with the earth so that we can continue to take and replenish for generations to come?

With this trend of earth appreciation more and more people are getting out there to visit these natural wonders. Since the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911, growing numbers of tourists have visited the site each year. As such UNESCO is considering putting Machu Picchu on its List of World Heritage in Danger.

To get a head start view these two videos and come prepared to throw in your two cents.

Can we create the "perfect" farm?

What happens when nature goes viral?

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