About Us

SPARC [conversations] was founded in 2015 by Case Western Reserve University student Elle Marcus. Elle, inspired by TED Talks, wanted to give students and members of the Cleveland community a platform to talk about topics that they were passionate about and to hear about the opinions and viewpoints of others. This led to SPARC [conversations] putting on its first ever conference in the fall of 2015. Twenty six speakers, comprised of students, faculty, and members of the community, spoke on a wide range of interesting and unique topics. The University Media Board awarded SPARC [conversations] the “Best Single Publication, Production, or Show” for this conference at this year’s Correspondent’s Dinner.

In 2016, SPARC [conversations] introduced two new formats to give speakers a chance to talk about important and relevant topics: a series of panel discussions and a scholarship competition.



The mission of SPARC [conversations] is to spread knowledge about intellectual subjects and gain different perspectives on issues pertaining to society, politics, art, research, and culture.



SPARC [conference]

Facilitated in the fall, this is a day-long event where students, faculty, and local speakers present on a wide variety of topics.


SPARC [panels]

Held in the spring, these panels are intimate, hour-long conversations with both student and faculty panelists sharing their expertise and experience on key issues.