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Professor Sam Richards to give TED Talk in Brazil Friday

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Following his talk at the inaugural 2014 State of State Conference this past Sunday, famed Penn State SOC 119 professor Sam Richards will take the stage again tomorrow, this time 5,179 miles away in Porto Alegre, Brazil at TEDxLaçador.

This event will mark his sophomore performance on the TED stage, the first of which has nearly 1 million views on TED’s official website, and will be titled “The Wisdom of Sociology.” According to the Facebook event page for the viewing party hosted by Penn State World in Conversation, “Wisdom” will delve into “larger web of connections that entwine all of our lives,” and will address the societal phenomenons that arise from constant conversation among humans on a daily basis.

“Seeing as [World in Conversation] has grown to center status as a center for public diplomacy, the fact that Sam is giving an international TED talk fits right into that vision,” said Nick Sikoutris, curator of this year’s TEDxPSU conference. “I’m looking forward to seeing Sam rock the TEDx stage again.”

The conference itself, called “We are Humanity,” will be streamed live from the TEDxLaçador website, and if you happen to be here in University Park, you can join World in Conversation for the viewing at 1:00pm tomorrow in 107 Pond Lab.

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