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TEDxSMU 2014 tickets now on sale

This year’s theme is 'Strangely Familiar'

September 18, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – Tickets are available now for the sixth incarnation of TEDxSMU, returning to Dallas City Performance Hall Nov. 1 with a daylong lineup of speakers, performers and musicians who will riff on this year’s theme of “Strangely Familiar.”

TEDxSMU presenter Howard Golodthwaite on WFAA

Admission to TEDxSMU also includes the popular “after party” where speakers, performers and the audience continue the conversations that started during the program. Tickets are $150 for the entire day, and are available here.  

The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., and includes a light breakfast, lunch, snacks and the conversation breaks that are the hallmark of the TEDxSMU experience.  Ranging from an analysis of “sexxy fat,” to a banjo player who blames his image problems on the movie, “Deliverance,” to the chilling specter of killer bacteria in a post-antibiotic world, this year’s lineup delivers on the promise of ideas worth spreading.

“Whatever we thought we were starting with TEDxSMU in 2009, we know now that it has been the catalyst for an entire community of people who are looking for new ways to view the world,” said director Heather Hankamer.  “The salons that we organize throughout the year allow us to keep great conversations going, and our auditions for TEDxSMU and TEDxKids@SMU have taken on a life of their own. The sense of adventure we felt that first year just keeps on going.”

Speakers and performers at TEDxSMU 2014 include:

  Deborah Clegg DEBORAH CLEGG, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center nutritionist and a former member of the Army team that develops MRE’s (meals ready to eat), has focused her research on the role that sex hormones play in human metabolism.  Male and female fat cells are not the same, Clegg says, and her presentation, “Discoveries in Pursuit of ‘Sexxy Fat’ carries the message that yes – sex matters – even when it comes to fat.
JANEIL ENGELSTADT, a provocative artist whose works turn a spotlight on themes like youth and gang violence, homelessness, peace and ecology, is fully invested in the role of public art as an agent of social change.
   Howard Goldthwaite

HOWARD GOLDTHWAITE, Dallas marketing guru, writer and creative strategist, also is a banjo player who says the movie, “Deliverance,” turned people like him into social outcasts.  But his five-string journey has taught him the value of pursuing what you love, even if it’s unpopular. Goldthwaite won his spot on the TEDxSMU stage at the June audition at Live in Deep Ellum.

  Greg Harris

GREG HARRIS is the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.   His presentation, “Our Soundtrack,” will share the inside story of the songs and artifacts that define us.

  Lawrence Hass

LARRY HASS is associate dean at the McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas, as well as a professor of humanities at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.  He loves to talk about the psychology of magic – and how the art of illusion celebrates the impossible, and energizes people to see the world in new ways.

  Kevin Judice 

KEVIN JUDICE’s topic is a warning: “Life in the Post-Antibiotic Era is Going to Suck.” Founder of K2 Therapeutics, Judice pursues medical treatments for antibiotic resistant superbugs.  The discovery of antibiotics resulted in a huge increase in human lifespan, he says, but their over-use has put us in on the road to a future where minor scrapes and sore throats may be deadly.

  Alexander McLean  ALEXANDER MCLEAN is the founder of the Africa Prisons Project, a Uganda-based organization working to improve the lives of men, women, and children living in African prisons. People consigned to prisons are not lost causes, McLean believes, and will speak about the transformations he has seen through his work in African prisons over the last decade.
  Maurizio Porfini 

MEGNA MURALI, a sophomore at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, knows quite a bit about the intersection of cultures, and will share it through a demonstration of the similarities between Indian Kathak and Spanish Flamenco dance. 

  Satya Nitta  SATYA NITTA works with Watson, the famous IBM supercomputer, as manager of the Emerging Technologies Research Group at IBM’s TJ Watson research Center. His talk will focus on the extraordinary opportunity to transform learning that he sees at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive computing.
  Kelly Stoetzel 

KELLY STOETZEL is director of content for TED and the longtime host of TEDxSMU with slam poet Rives.  This proud SMU alumna will tell you she has best job in the world, and her talk will lift the curtain on how the development of TEDxKids@SMU as a “why not” enterprise has blossomed into a global series of events designed to bring ideas worth sharing to youngsters.

View the full list of speakers coming to TEDxSMU at http://www.tedxsmu.org/tedxsmu-2014/. Keep up with TEDxSMU at facebook.com/TEDxSMU and on Twitter @TEDxSMU.


Bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner, TEDxSMU and TEDxKids@SMU are single-day conferences in Dallas, TX and is now in its sixth year.

TEDxKids@SMU (the first TEDx event designed for students) hosts 450 middle school students for a free four-hour conference in exchange for completing four hours of community service. TEDxKids @SMU is scheduled for October 31 at City Performance Hall.

TEDxSMU programming ranges from personal discussions of physical and mental journeys to demonstrations of high-tech gadgetry and inspirational musical performances. Great visuals are the common denominator. Modeled on the TED (Technology, Engineering and Design) conference mounted annually in Long Beach, Cal., TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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 = 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 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, Cal. (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

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.

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