Chrysalis owner and archaeologist Alyssa Loorya has been invited to present at the November 1st TEDxNY conference. The annual, independently organized TEDx events bring New York’s greatest thinkers, teachers and innovators together with an audience to showcase their projects, visions and passions, and inspire listeners to create a greater impact on the world with their own ideas. TEDx presenters wrap their genius into a concise and powerful presentation that’s 18 minutes or less in length.
Alyssa’s Presentation: Grand Central NYC
The theme of Alyssa’s presentation touches on New York City as a global capital. It’s a community where real people have lived and made an impact on the world for generations from their own neighborhoods.
History in Pictures
A biography of the city can be pieced together using archaeological finds, past and current photographs and threads of information. Alyssa’s experience in archaeology has shaped her photography and vice versa. Old photos and lithographs help her document changing landscapes, priorities and approaches to social issues such as capital punishment and treatment of the poor.
Re-invention of City Hall Park
Alyssa will discuss the relevance of historical timelines such as the transformation of City Hall Park, which was once a place for public protests and executions and home to prisons and barracks for British troops during the revolution, long before the construction of City Hall.
Stop to Consider the Past
It’s easy to forget that NYC is a series of islands. The point was driven home when it suffered devastating effects from hurricane Sandy in 2012. As archaeology rediscovers and documents the area’s intimate relationship with water, we look to the past to help determine the best route to a more sustainable and stable future as we rebuild the city.
Real People, Worldwide Impact
From lithographs detailing New York’s first poor houses to photos of its changing skyline, archaeological evidence paints a picture of the city as a global force unlike any other. TEDx attendees will discover New York’s people, its past and perhaps its future through the careful documentation of an archaeologist devoted to its place in history.
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