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Founders’ Day Weekend adds a new performance program

April 9, 2014

This year Founders’ Day Weekend is adding a new performance program, Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, highlighting faculty, students, staff and alumni.

TEDxSMUThe event, which is open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Greer Garson Theatre in SMU's Owen Arts Center. Tickets for alumni and the general public are $15 and available here. SMU students, faculty and staff may register here for discounted tickets at $5 apiece.

The program features compelling stories and demonstrations from 16 SMU faculty, staff, alumni and student speakers on topics ranging from NSA wiretapping, to civil rights, to a whimsical exercise in giant origami. A break is built into the program, allowing the audience to meet speakers and start the conversations that are the hallmark of the TEDxSMU experience.

The TEDxSMU team is partnering with SMU’s Office of Development and External Affairs to present Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU during Founder’s Day Weekend. The afternoon will be hosted by SMU students Ramon Trespalacios and Devin Kerns.

Founder’s Day is an annual celebration of the founding of SMU and the spirit of the University. The cornerstone of the day is Inside SMU, an open house that highlights all the best and brightest ideas across campus.

Speakers and Their Subjects

Session One: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Stephen Rankin | Staff | Perkins School of Theology: "The World Changers We Shape"
  • Christopher Carrillo | Student | Lyle School of Engineering: "The (Non) Technical Development of Humanity"
  • Dennis E. Murphree | Alumni | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "The Importance of Persistence"
  • Michael Harris | Faculty | Simmons School of Education and Human Development: "Why Businesses Should Work Like a University"
  • Arnaud Zimmern | Student | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "Braiding Red Riding Hood"
  • Jaime Clark-Soles | Faculty | Perkins School of Theology: "Dying to Live"
  • Joshua Rovner | Faculty | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "The Heroes of Counterinsurgency"
  • Marc Christensen | Faculty | Lyle School of Engineering: "Educating a New Generation of Failures"

Break: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Session Two: 3:30 - 5 p.m.

  • Martin Camp | Faculty | Dedman School of Law: "Good News, Bad News, Who is to Say!"
  • Brittany Harrington | Student | Meadows School of the Arts: "Quartet-a-tete with The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet"
  • Dennis Simon | Faculty | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "Civil Rights: A Journey"
  • Ben Voth | Faculty | Meadows School of the Arts: "Ending Genocide in the 21st century"
  • Mariah Cowley | Student | Lyle School of Engineering: "Making Giant Origami and Shaping Lives"
  • Blake Norvell | Alumni | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "NSA Wiretapping: A 4th Amendment Violation?"
  • Jon Horton | Staff | SMU Athletics: "My mother's funeral... a lesson in kindness"
  • Willard Spiegelman | Faculty | Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: "Realms of Gold"

For more information, call 214-768-4962 or visit www.TEDxSMU.org

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