TEDxLSU Announces Speaker Lineup for 2018 Event


The sixth annual TEDxLSU lineup of speakers was announced during November's Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week. Photo: Brian Deppe

BATON ROUGE – TEDxLSU announced its 2018 speakers at Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The newly announced lineup of speakers and performers will present at the sixth annual TEDxLSU event to be held on March 3, 2018, at the LSU Union Theater.

The speakers and performers for the 2018 TEDxLSU event are:

  • Juliet Brophy, Biological Anthropologist & Lover of Teeth
  • Julie Butler, Fish Translator & Student in Biological Sciences 
  • Rebecca Christofferson, Infectious Disease Researcher & Mosquito Whisperer
  • Hellen Gillet, Cellist & Jazz Disruptor
  • Kevin Harris, Art Producer & Champion of Street Art
  • Jacob Jolibois, Empath, Designer & Problem Solver
  • Shane Li, Artificial Intelligence Innovator & Problem Solver
  • Richard Lipsey, Living Legend, with interview by Political Scientist & Dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Stacia Haynie
  • Ehab Meselhe, Engineer & Environmental Foreshadower
  • Rebekah Monson, Media Innovator & Civic Hacker
  • Mohamad Qayoom, Tech Guru & Defender of Cyber Security
  • Madelyn Smith, Coastal Storyteller & Student in Natural Resources

The 2018 TEDxLSU theme is “Refract,” and registration is now open for the March 3  event. Registration and more information are available at tedxlsu.com.

TEDxLSU is the premier TEDx event in the greater Baton Rouge area. Launched in 2013, TEDxLSU is an intellectual and creative experience that brings local, regional and statewide communities together in a way that enables them to imagine the possibilities, spur discussion and dialogue, and generate big ideas that will move the state of Louisiana forward. TEDxLSU participants, speakers, volunteers, and organizers come from all walks of life –business, non-profits, art, education, technology, and more.

TEDxLSU – like all TEDx events – is not organized for political reasons, monetary reward or personal gain. Everyone associated with TEDxLSU does so because they believe in the power of ideas to ignite progress. TEDxLSU is financially supported by ticket sales and in-kind community partnerships. All funds generated through TEDxLSU go directly into sustaining the program.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” supporting world-changing ideas, connections, and dialogue. The two annual TED Conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Their talks are then made available, for free, at TED.com.

About TEDx
TEDx events are independently organized to bring people together at local levels to share in a TED-like experience. Much like TED Conferences, TEDx events are centered on big ideas and inspiring talks intended to spark deep discussion and connection among participants. TEDx events are officially licensed events in which guidance, rules, and regulations are provided by TED.




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