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SMU to simulcast Spring 2014 TED Conference March 17-21

“Ideas Worth Spreading” in Lyle School of Engineer’s Embrey Building

March 14, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering will host simulcasts of the presentations from the Spring 2014 TED conference in Vancouver, B.C., March 17-21.

The local viewings, which are free and open to the public, will be in the Huitt-Zollars Room (Room 115) of the Embrey Engineering Building.

2014 marks TED’s 30th anniversary, and the theme for TED2014 is “The Next Chapter.” TED will be seeking to understand what are truly the most significant developments of the last 30 years and applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” 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.

The Simulcast Schedule (All times listed below are CST)

Monday, March 17

8:00 to 9:45 p.m. Session 1: Liftoff

  • Nicholas Negroponte | Tech visionary
  • Chris Hadfield | Astronaut
  • Geena Rocero | Model and activist
  • The Education Reformer | Educator

Tuesday March 18

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Session 2: Retrospect

  • Bran Ferren | Technology designer
  • Marc Kushner | Architect
  • Yoruba Richen | Documentary filmmaker
  • Mark Ronson | Music Producer and DJ

1:00 to 2:45 p.m. Session 3: Reshape

  • Michael Laberge | Plasma physicist
  • Amanda Burden | Urban planner
  • David Kwong | Cruciverbalist
  • Matthew Carter | Type designer

8:00 to 9:45 p.m. Session 4: Wish

  • Gavin Schmidt | Climate scientist
  • Melinda and Bill Gates | Philanthropist
  • Zak Ebrahim | Peace activist
  • The TED Prize Winner | Wishmaker
  • Sting | Composer, singer, author, actor, activist

Wednesday, March 19

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Session 5: Us

  • Nancy Kanwisher | Brain researcher
  • Rob Knight | Microbial ecologist
  • Jon Mooallem | Writer
  • David Chalmers | Philosopher

1:00 to 2:45 p.m. Session 6: Wired

  • Margaret Gould Stewart | User experience master
  • Chris Kluwe | Punter and author
  • Allan Adams | Theoretical physicist
  • Randall Munroe | Cartoonist
  • Avi Reichental | 3D printer
  • Stephen Friend | Open-science advocate
  • Hugh Herr | Prostheticist

8:00 to 9:45 p.m. Session 7: Why?

  • Jason Webley | Musician
  • Wendy Chung | Geneticist
  • Helder Guimaraes | Magician
  • Jim Holt | Writer and philosopher

Thursday, March 20

11:00 to 12:30 p.m. Session 8: Hacked

  • Ed Yong | Science Writer
  • Keren Elazari | Cyber security expert
  • Marco Tempest | Techo-illusionist
  • David Epstein | Sports science reporter

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Session 9: Signals

  • Sara Lewis | Firefly specialist
  • Deborah Gordon | Ecologist
  • Del Harvey | Security maven
  • Will Marshall | Space scientist
  • Andrew Connolly | Astronomer

7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Session 10: Passion

  • Mellody Hobson | Investment expert
  • Isabel Allende | Novelist
  • Masarat Daud | Rural education campaigner
  • Shaka Senghor | Author
  • Ben Saunders | Arctic explorer

Friday, March 21

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session 11: Unstress

  • Raspyni Brothers | Jugglers
  • Jennifer Senior | Writer
  • Sarah Jones | Polymorphic playwright
  • Simon Sinek | Leadership expert
  • Kevin Briggs | Golden Gate guardian

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Session 12: Onward

  • Joi Ito | Relentless mind
  • Andrew Solomon | Writer
  • Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly | Gun law activists
  • Julia Sweeney | Actor, comedian, playwright

Link to register: https://tedliveatsmu.eventbrite.com

Link to TED program and speakers: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/program/guide.php

A to Z Speaker Guide: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/program/speakers.php

(note that all times listed on the TED website are PST)


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.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED


Each fall, SMU hosts TEDxSMU and TEDxKIDS

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.

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 the fall of 2014 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.)

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