From: Lauren Rubenstein
Middletown, Conn. – A group of students is organizing the first-ever TEDx conference to be held on the Wesleyan University campus. It will take place April 7, 1–6:30 p.m. in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts.
Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.
The event is open to the public. Tickets go on sale at midnight on March 1; ticket information is available at TEDxWesleyanU.com.
The event will feature talks by many high-profile Wesleyan alumni, local leaders and others. Speakers include Maria Santana ’98, correspondent for CNN en Español; Connecticut State Representative Matthew Lesser ’10; Middletown Mayor Dan Drew; National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita ’71; national radio host Angela Yee ’97, and many others.
"The conference is composed of incredible speakers who have such great passion for their work and will be sharing their thoughts with the Wesleyan and greater Middletown communities,” said Melisa Olgun ’20, one of a team of six Wesleyan students who is organizing the event.
Lead organizer Eunes Harun ’20 notes that tickets are extremely limited due to official TED rules, and urges community members to secure tickets at their earliest convenience.
Press are welcome at the event with advance notice. No photography, audio or video recording is permitted, per TED rules, but Wesleyan will provide photography upon request.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.