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TEDxLSU Comes to Baton Rouge

TEDxLSU: Evolve to take place Saturday, March 9

01/25/2013 10:49 AM

BATON ROUGE – TEDxLSU 2013 is an independently organized event based on the theme of evolution – generating new thought by connecting existing resources. The inaugural event, TEDxLSU: Evolve will take place on Saturday, March 9, in the Reilly Theatre at LSU from 2-8 p.m.

TEDxLSU showcases innovative Louisianans who will each give the “talk of their life” around the power of ideas. Presenters include innovative thinkers, from both the university and the greater community, who will discuss their approaches to some of humanity’s fundamental concerns. Their creativity stems from linking resource networks, exploring across disciplines, transgressing cultural boundaries, and seeking simple, tangible solutions.

This diverse group of thought leaders, maverick thinkers and achievers, entrepreneurs and innovators, and humanitarians educate, inspire and stimulate change and evolution with the ultimate goal being inspired action across communities.

“To us, action includes the promotion and creation of ventures that will help shape the future of our region and state in a positive manner,” stated Joey Watson, TEDxLSU event organizer.

Sponsored by The Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project at the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, LSU’s TEDx conference will feature almost two dozen lecturers with speeches a maximum of 18 minutes long. In addition to the regular presenters, two LSU students won a coveted spot to present their TEDx idea by submitting a 500-word description of their idea or story along with a five minute YouTube video telling why they should present at the TEDxLSU event.

“This is the first TEDx event at LSU, and we expect it to be even bigger next year,” Watson said.


A limited number of tickets will be available due to the size of the venue; however, students and the general public will be invited to a live-stream viewing at the Shaver Theatre in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts.

Visit the TEDxLSU website,, for more details and a list of speakers. “Like” the TEDxLSU Facebook page,, and follow on Twitter, @TEDXLSU, to get the most up-to-date information.  

For more information, contact Shelly Dupré at or 225-337-5481.

About TEDx

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 means it is an 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, for 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 U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, Calif., 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. Follow TED on Twitter, @TEDTalks, or on Facebook,

LSU Media Relations