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TED2009 minutes from Ethan Zuckerman: Engaging minds

Ethan Zuckerman is blogging live from TED2009, and has the latest from the very last session of the conference, “Engage.” In one entry, he shares his memory of being a student at Bennington College when Liz Coleman was appointed president, while she speaks on educational reform. Here’s an excerpt:

“In 1993, Coleman eliminated presumptive tenure from Bennington and fired a third of the professors. That helped cement her reputation as a radical reformer in higher education and an expert on the importance of the liberal arts. (It also means that some of us remember her as a very controversial and divisive figure.)”

Also from this session, Ethan writes on Jay Walker‘s observations on the global English language craze, Gever Tully and his Tinkering School where kids play with power tools and Jamie Cullum‘s charismatic performance. There’s also a post about the moving talk by Barry Schwartz on practical wisdom.

Ethan has done a remarkable job, posting about talks almost as they are happening and including all the relevant details. He’s got everything you need to know about TED2009.