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Inside SMU powered by TEDxSMU returns April 17

Afternoon program in Bob Hope Theatre is free with SMU ID

April 10, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) – Think you know your University? Attending the Friday, April 17, edition of Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU is a ticket to compelling stories and demonstrations from students, faculty, staff and alumni that bring to life their individual passions, quests and life experiences.

The 2015 edition is the second year that TEDxSMU will present Inside SMU during SMU Founders Day Weekend. It’s free with an SMU ID, on-campus at the Owen Art Center’s Bob Hope Theatre, and is built around the TED-tested format of ideas worth spreading.  The program is divided into two sessions – the first from 1-2:30 p.m. and the second from 3:15-5 p.m.

Willie Baronet
Willie Baronet 
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Meadows School faculty member Willie Baronet will open the show  (it’s his third TEDxSMU appearance) with the latest chapter in his quest to buy signs from the homeless – this time to talk about his sign-collecting journey across the country and how it shaped his understanding of “home.”

"Three years ago I stood on this same stage and talked about my WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project, and I said I wanted to travel across the country one day to buy signs,” Baronet said.  "In July of 2014 I did just that, traveling from Seattle to LA to New York in 31 days. I’m honored to be part of this year’s TEDxSMU/Inside SMU program so that I can share some highlights of this adventure, and the lessons I continue to learn about compassion, gratitude and what home really means."

Other topics range from Perkins School of Theology student Justin Mueller’s explanation for philanthropy on a student budget; to alumna Rochelle Carr’s riff on cornbread, collard greens, chicken and cake; to Student Life Director Jennifer Jones’ experience shaping SMU world changers; and Dedman Law Professor Lackland Bloom on why we should protect hurtful speech.

Registration and pre-show conversations begin at 12:30 p.m. and doors close for the first session at 1 p.m.  The break between sessions, from 2:30-3:15 p.m., is designed to leave time to meet the speakers and share ideas with other attendees.

Session One: 1 - 2:30 pm

  • Willie Baronet | Faculty | Meadows School of the Arts | Home. Again.
  • Milan Sevak | Faculty | Simmons School of Education & Human Development | Why do I need to learn this? Revisiting the purpose of schools
  • Ulrike Schultze | Faculty | Cox School of Business | Identity Work in Social Media: On Technology's Shaping of Identity
  • Greg Brownderville | Faculty | Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences |How to Make Up Your Mind
  • Justin Mueller | Student | Simmons School of Education & Human Development | Philanthropy on a Student Salary
  • Karla del Rosal | Faculty | Simmons School of Education & Human Development | 4.4 Million Reasons to Care...Do We Need More?
  • Lackland Bloom | Faculty | Dedman School of Law | Why We Should Protect Hurtful Speech
  • Maya Jones | Student | Meadows School of the Arts | Freedom IS a choICe
  • Dale Vaughn | Alumni | Meadows School of the Arts | How Great Men Think Alike


Session Two: 3:15 - 5:00 pm

  • Rochelle Carr | Alumni | Perkins School of Theology | Cornbread, Collard Greens, Chicken and Cake
  • Mel Fugate | Faculty | Cox School of Business | How to Live and Share the Dream at Work
  • Quinton Linn | Student | Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences | Intelligence: re-thinking our definition
  • Ashley Wali | Student | Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts | The Thread That Connects Us All
  • Thomas Siems | Faculty | Lyle School of Engineering | The Wealth of Innovations
  • Jonah Kirby | Student | Lyle School of Engineering | Gone With the Wind
  • Jennifer Jones | Executive Director | Student Life | Shaping SMU World Changers
  • Robert Hunt | Faculty | Perkins School of Theology | Going Global? You Need to Fall in Love
  • Jim Hart | Faculty | Meadows School of the Arts | Arts Entrepreneurship & Teaching Through Games



About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

What is 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) Find out more HERE.


TEDxSMUBringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner. TEDxSMU and TEDxKids@SMU are single-day conferences in Dallas, TX. In its seventh year, 2015 events will take place at Dallas City Performance Hall in Downtown Dallas Arts District.

TEDxSMU is an all- day event for preregistered participants, and the program ranges from personal discussions of physical and mental journeys to demonstrations of high-tech gadgetry. 750 attendees gather in the largest urban arts district to hear these TEDx Talks.

TEDxKids@SMU is a half-day program designed for 450 middle school students plus 100 high school host who hear incredible speakers, experience hands-on demos and learn during interactive breaks. In exchange for free admission, TEDxKids@SMU, student attendees are required to complete a service project. Through projects at SMU, at school, and with local nonprofits, students who attend TEDxKids@SMU have contributed more than 3000 service hours to the community.

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