2014 TEDxLSU Event Scheduled for March 29 at Shaver Theater
BATON ROUGE – After a successful premier in 2013, TEDxLSU will host its 2014 installment on Saturday, March 29, from 1-5 p.m. at the Claude L. Shaver Theater, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
TEDxLSU 2014 is an independently organized, not-for-profit event based on the theme of enactment. Talks will focus on dynamic social, civic and commercial efforts and ideas that inspire positive change for Louisiana and its citizens. 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 Louisiana 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, enact includes the promotion and creation of ventures that will help shape the future of our region and state in a positive manner,” said Joey Watson, TEDxLSU curator.
Speakers at TEDxLSU 2014 will explore the following questions:
• What are people in our community and region doing today that fosters immediate change?
• What are some effects, as well as ramifications, from the enactment of these social, civic and commercial attempts to change our way of life?
• How can we enact?
• What do we want out city, university and state to be in 2015? In 2020? How do the ideas presented at TEDxLSU 2014 get us there?
As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU and its Communication across the Curriculum program champions this exciting, innovative event focused on “ideas worth spreading.”
“Last year, we talked about how our community was changing through the theme ‘evolve’,” said Rebecca Burdette, associate director of LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program. “This year, we want to talk about the exciting things that are happening when we ‘enact.’”
In addition to the TEDxLSU speakers, demonstrations of LSU-based programs will also take place on the front lawn of the Music & Dramatic Arts Building. These include SEATIGER, a mobile exhibit promoting engineering and energy education by showcasing subsea technology; the Coastal Roots program, which establishes tree seedling nurseries at area schools for use in habitat restoration; and demonstrations of 3D scanning and printing equipment used by LSU academic departments.
Announcement of TEDxLSU speakers will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with subsequent announcements scheduled for Jan. 23 and Jan. 28. Speakers will be announced online at www.tedxlsu.com.
General admission tickets for TEDxLSU will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 30, and will be only available for purchase through www.tedxlsu.com. Tickets will not be available at the door.
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.
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 www.TED.com. 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 TED Global conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include www.TED.com, 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, www.facebook.com/TED.
Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations