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Bellarmine University to host local TEDx event in 2019

Jul 11, 2018

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The organizers of the popular TED Talks series have approved a TEDx event at Bellarmine University next year.

TEDx events are locally-organized programs modeled after the TED format, where speakers deliver concise presentations on topics around a common theme. TEDx events are produced under license from TED.

TEDxBellarmineU, on March 1, 2019, will be focused on the topic "Who are we? Past, present, future." The organizers have accepted 17 proposals from speakers on topics including:

  • Science and Faith: Finding Common Ground
  • Incarceration and Older Offenders: Finding New Solutions
  • From Intercollegiate to Insane: Making Sense of College Sports
  • OCD and Me
  • The Theology of Difference  

Shawn Apostel
Dr. Shawn Apostel

"Bellarmine students, faculty, staff and alumni do some amazing work, and hosting a TEDx event allows us to share this message with the world," said Dr. Shawn Apostel, an assistant professor of communication and one of the event's organizers. "Furthermore, this event also enables Bellarmine to provide a platform to community leaders as well as those whose voices are seldom heard."

Speakers will include Bellarmine alumni and professors, along with community members, business leaders and even a high school student. Speaker times and locations will be announced closer to the event date. Tickets will be available to the public.

This fall, Bellarmine's TEDx team will meet on Friday mornings in the School of Communication's "fishbowl" to continue planning the event; members of the campus community are invited to join the event team.
 
For more information, visit the TEDxBellarmineU website or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
 
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
 
About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading," usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or fewer, delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
 
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with an idea to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
 
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