Valparaiso University will host TEDxValparaisoUniversity, its second community-inspired TEDx event, on Friday, Nov. 4, 4–9 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. This student-driven event is themed “Dare To Build.”

This year’s TEDx event is designed to explore the power of creation and innovation to bring together a diversity of people, cultures and concepts to create real-world change. Presentations will explore how we as individuals and as a community have the capacity to stimulate change if we dare. We can build a better world through purposeful dialogue and seizing opportunity to take action.

TEDxValparaisoUniversity will feature 14 diverse speakers, including Valpo students, faculty, and alumni, as well as community members, a pastor, and even a high school student, each bringing their unique perspective to the theme — “Dare to Build.”

Scheduled speakers are:

  • Kevin Gordon
  • Tim Shurr
  • Allison Schuette
  • Lee Murphy
  • Melanie Trexler
  • Sadie Newholm
  • Nick Skytland
  • Valerie Mrak
  • Mark Fisher
  • Grace Koehn
  • William Yonker
  • Katherine Bassett
  • Matt Mattson
  • Joanna Witulsk  

For the latest information on TEDxValparaisoUniversity, please visit tedxvalparaisouniversity.com. Registration is closed, but those who were unable to secure tickets may live stream the event online.

Follow the event on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

Contact: Matthew Smok, TEDxValparaisoUniversity Marketing Chair, 224.688.4947, tedx.marketing@valpo.edu or Kristen Knoerzer at kristen.knoerzer@valpo.edu or 219.464.6270.

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, 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (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 Open Translation Project, 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 a “wish,” or 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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