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First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:45 am | Room 230

Check out this great Adult Education discussion group meeting on Sunday mornings. It’s a combination of succinct and exciting TED Talk-style presentations followed by facilitated, engaging conversations around the topic of the day. Each week will be different with speakers from around the Metroplex, including artists, educators, theologians, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers of all sorts. These presentations and the conversations that follow will help us find Spirit in every facet of life. 

Contact: Charme Robarts | crobarts@myfumc.org | 817-339-5069

November Presentation Schedule:

11.5.17 First Talks_HSNovember 5

The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel
TED Talk by Elizabeth Lev
Presented by Charme Robarts

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings on earth — but there’s a lot you probably don’t know about it. In this tour-de-force talk, art historian Elizabeth Lev guides us across the famous building’s ceiling and Michelangelo’s vital depiction of traditional stories, showing how the painter reached beyond the religious iconography of the time to chart new artistic waters. Five hundred years after the artist painted it, says Lev, the Sistine Chapel forces us to look around as if it were a mirror and ask, “Who am I, and what role do I play in this great theater of life?”

11.12.17 First Talks_HSNovember 12

Dare to Disagree
TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan
Presented by Andria Flores

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

11.19.17 First Talks_HSNovember 19

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy
TED Talk by Emily Esfahani
Presented by Elysa Drillette

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

November 26: No class for Thanksgiving Holiday

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