What Can We Expect From Culver Talks?

Matthew Cowan

For the third year in a row, Culver City High School will host Culver Talks, a series of TED Talk-like lectures given by students and a few teachers. Hosted by ASB, Culver Talks takes place in the new Robert Frost Auditorium, which holds an audience of several hundred people and gives the speaker a large stage to work with. All money raised during the event will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so this night will not only be interesting and informative, but also be for a good cause.

In two days, people will witness well-presented talks, a nicely set up theatre, and overall a very good event. But first, let’s take a look at what goes into preparing the whole thing. Or, more specifically, how the speakers are chosen.

People had three days to go to the ASB room after school and try out for Culver Talks. The speakers were supposed to speak for one minute about their topic to the assembled group of ASB members, and address them like they would their audience. An ASB member told me that all of the speakers exceeded the one minute time limit because they were so passionately absorbed with their speech.

Speakers to look out for include Alba Navas, who had a very passionate audition about empathy, and Rickey Ramirez, who is going to be speaking about community service. 

I’ve been told to expect captivating, passionate talks, but I can’t help but wonder how many speakers will be less invigorating than expected simply due to the high acceptance rate into Culver Talks. About 12 students auditioned for Culver Talks this year, and nine were accepted. This means that ASB has a small pool of speakers to choose from, and a large time period to fill which might make the speaker situation less than ideal. I want to encourage more students to audition for Culver Talks next year because with a campus of 2,000+ students, I’m sure there’s more than 12 people with interesting things to talk about.

I’m looking forward to Culver Talks, and hope to see other students there. Go Centaurs!