"What Matters Now" occurred on April 5, 2019 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.

TEDxCUNY 2019: What Matters Now 

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.” - Lucy Maud Montgomery

In light of change – however uncomfortable, necessary, or unanticipated – people across the globe grapple with ever-important questions as they look toward the future. The questions we ask ourselves prompt us to search for, do, and be better in pursuit of a world we can be proud of. Millions of people’s passions and ideas lead them to dedicate countless hours to various causes, and their collective action helps to inspire others.

TEDxCUNY 2019 celebrated how and why these passionate and determined individuals are seeking out more than themselves, all while encouraging others to do the same. Whether in engineering, politics, art, science, or entrepreneurship, people decide what is meaningful to them - and they act. Across disciplines, we all wonder what matters now. What matters to you?

Explore 2019

If you are missing the excitement of TEDxCUNY 2019, rewatch our talks or get involved with one of our workshop partners by exploring the links below.

Want to relive 2019?

Watch talks from our latest conference.


Carlos Maza

How "neutrality" is making us dumber


Hebh Jamal

Power of delusional activism



Buildings are for people


Did you catch all of the 2019 magic? Tune in online for information about #2019Throwbacks and our upcoming 2020 conference.

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Venue: Gerald W. Lynch Theater

TEDxCUNY hosted its 5th conference at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. The theater is accessible by the 1, A, C, B, D at 59th Str. Columbus Circle, or the N, Q, R, W at 57th Street. Nearby buses include the M57, M31, M11, and M12.

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