TED is is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
This week’s TEDTalk features Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.
Before coming to Wofford, Dunlap held faculty appointments at both Harvard (as a visiting professor in 1972) and the University of South Carolina (1968-1992). While at USC, he won numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, including the Russell Award for Distinguished Scholarship (1980), the University of South Carolina Teacher of the Year Award (1974), the Outstanding Teacher of English Award (1974), the South Carolina College Outstanding Professor Award (1984) and the Mortarboard Excellence in Teaching Award (1991).
Before being elected the 10th president at Wofford, Dr. Dunlap was the Chapman Family Professor of Humanities for seven years (1993-2000). In addition to cross-disciplinary courses, Dunlap’s teaching fields include Asian Studies, European literature and creative writing. He continues to team-teach the Wofford College Presidential Seminar.
Dr. Dunlap is a frequent moderator for the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminars as well as its Crown Fellowship Program. He was also on the 2007 Board of Governors of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He has taught and lectured widely in Europe, India, Thailand, and Japan. He has served as a Fulbright professor in Thailand and a Japan Society Leadership Fellow in Japan (Via Wikipedia)
Also, take a look at Dunlap giving the Woford College Commencement Address in 2009.