TEDxLSU Returns to Baton Rouge

08/13/2013 03:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – After the success of the inaugural TEDxLSU event in 2013, the popular event will return to LSU on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.


Spearheaded by a group of volunteers from the LSU community, TEDxLSU is an independently organized, not-for-profit event. The 2014 edition of TEDxLSU is based on the theme of enactment, as talks will focus on dynamic social, civic and commercial efforts as well as 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, achievers, entrepreneurs, 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.’”


TEDxLSU organizers are currently securing speakers for the event, and tickets will go sale in February. Partnership opportunities are also available for TEDxLSU 2014 Visit the TEDxLSU website, www.tedxlsu.com for more details. “Like” the TEDxLSU Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tedxlsu, and follow on Twitter at @TEDXLSU to get the most up-to-date information.


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 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 TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.


TED’s media initiatives include 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 at www.facebook.com/TED.






Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013