TEDxLSU Announces Emcees for 2015 Event

01/30/2015 08:03 AM

BATON ROUGE – Norisha Kirts and Tim Basilica will serve as emcees for the 2015 installment of TEDxLSU, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building’s Claude L. Shaver Theater.


Both LSU graduates and Baton Rouge natives, Kirts and Basilica have said they look forward to taking the stage to help spur dialogue about the talks which are centered on the theme – Connect.


“I am excited to share the stage with so many inspiring stories,” Basilica says, “…and to make my wife in the audience incredibly nervous.”


Kirts is a Baton Rouge native who was recognized as a rising star when named to the 2014 class of “40 Under 40” honorees by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. She is currently the director of development at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and is the president of the board of directors for THRIVE, a charter boarding school in Louisiana which she helped start.


Basilica chose to return to Louisiana in 2013 after living in New York for nine years. He serves as the vice president of communication and outreach at the Center for Planning Excellence, a non-profit organization that coordinates urban, rural and regional planning efforts in Louisiana.


Tickets for the February 28 event are on sale now.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tedxlsu.com.


About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” supporting world-changing ideas, connections and dialogue. TEDx programs are official licensed events. Guidance, rules, and regulations are provided by TED to the licensed local organizers for implementation. The intention of TEDx programs is to bring people together at local levels to share ideas in a way that sparks conversation and connection among attendees.


A group of passionate volunteers from Louisiana’s flagship university started TEDxLSU in 2012 as a platform for learning, collaboration, dialogue, and innovation for Baton Rouge and its surrounding communities. In short, it’s about community and communication, which is why it is championed by LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program. More information can be found at www.tedxlsu.com.





Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015