2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

An interview with Speaker Alexander Wendt

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Alexander Wendt, Professor of Political Science, Mershon Professor of International Security, The Ohio State University


TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

AW: I am a professor of political science at Ohio State, specializing in the philosophy  of international relations.  I have also long had a side-interest in anomalous phenomena, and in 2008 published the only academic article I know of that takes UFOs seriously.


TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

AW: The fact that I like metal.


TEDxColumbus: Have to ask, what is your favorite band?

AW: That’s a tough one, with so much good music out there!  I’d have to say Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot, depending on my mood; can we go with both?


TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

AW: I’ve heard about it for years from my neighbor and in this case I was encouraged to actually apply by one of your organizers.


TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?

AW: My ideas reaching as large an audience as possible.


TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

AW: The presence of so many talented, forward-thinking and socially conscious young people


TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

AW: Don’t change a thing, or I wouldn’t be as lucky as I am today.


TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

AW: I didn’t have any other skills and my father was a professor, so it was a natural path to follow.


And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text

AW: Phone call


TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

AW: Facebook


TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains

AW: Mountains


TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

AW: Small Gathering


TEDxColumbus: Train or Plane

AW: Train

Interested in Alexander’s music choices? Check them out here: https://www.alexanderwendt.org/my-metal

Alexander will be taking the main stage at 2019 TEDxColumbus: Spark.  You can read his bio here.