Four recent TED Talks, streamed over the Internet and presented on the “big screen” in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building, are scheduled Thursday (June 25) beginning at 3:30 p.m.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The four talks to be presented June 25 are:

“Are China and the U S. Doomed to Conflict?” by Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia. As a longtime student of China, Rudd asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative.

“The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen” by Architect Takaharu Tezuka. At this school in Tokyo, the world’s cutest kindergarten, 5-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Tezuka walks viewers through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

“Magical Houses, Made of Bamboo,” by Elora Hardy, a sustainable designer. The stunning bamboo homes built by Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination.

“Why do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?” by Dame Stephanie Shirley. Dame Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK that was ultimately valued at $3 billion. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains how she upended the expectations of the time and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.

Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public. These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center.

Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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Mike Maharry

Stories about Academy Village and the Arizona Senior Academy are written by volunteer residents of Academy Village.