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Students, campus and community leaders headline “TEDxIUPUI” event


INDIANAPOLIS – In the spirit of promoting ideas worth sharing, a dozen inspiring speakers will take to the stage at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this month for a day-long event designed to motivate participants to engage in community service.

The IUPUI Graduate Communications Club will organize a TEDx event — TEDxIUPUI: Raising the Next Generation — beginning with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Information Communication Technology Complex , 535 W. Michigan St., on the IUPUI campus.

TEDx events are independent and locally organized programs designed to give participants a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit organization that hosts annual national and international events to promote the sharing of world-changing ideas. At a TEDx event, videos, called TED Talks, and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion of ideas in a small group setting.

TEDxIUPUI is granting 12 people selected from auditions held in February a much sought-after platform to give speeches that not only motivate, but demand action from the audience. Undergraduates will speak alongside successful leaders, business professionals, and academics. Topics for the day include community changes, technology hurdles, youth confidence, transportation, civic engagement, education, and global health.

The first TEDxIUPUI speaker begins at 9 a.m. and the day concludes at 4:30 pm. In addition to the 12 Indiana speakers, the conference will also highlight three online videos that have received global attention.

Presenters and presentations for the day-long event include:

•Cole Farrell – “Get on the Bus”
•Lindsay Manfredi – “Girls Rock! Learning to Raise Your Voice”
•Kathy Marrs – STEM Education
•Razi Nalim -“Urgent Low-Impact Energy for our Children to Live on a Cooler Earth in This Century”
•Vop Osili -“Fueled by the Impossible”
•John Parrish-Sprowl
•Jim Plew and Jon Nix -“Independent Thought and the Paradox of Lenses”
•Kristy Horn Sheeler -“Reframing Normal: Raising a Generation of Women in Politics”
•Beth St. Claire -“The Improviser’s Mindset”
•Reuben Vandeventer -“Data Overload: Raising the Information Generation”
•Mitchell West -“The Nature of I”
•Alexander Williams – “Teaching how we know”

“What stands out about TEDxIUPUI is that it has been organized by students,” said William Blomquist, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. “These IUPUI students, particularly the Graduate Communication Club, are demonstrating excellent leadership combined with a commitment to community service that is one of the marks of our school.”

TEDxIUPUI is being held during Communication Week, an annual series of spring events hosted by the Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Tickets are limited and go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday (March 8), for $45 through the TEDxIUPUI website .

Tickets to the event include breakfast, lunch, and a TEDxIUPUI T-shirt. A simulcast open to students, faculty and community members will take place at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 530 W. New York St.

For additional information about the IUPUI event, please contact co-organizer Lindsay Quandt.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.