• 29 Sep 2015

    University to Host Inaugural ‘TEDx’ Talk

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi hosts its inaugural “TEDx” talk Oct. 31 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The 9 a.m. event will feature 10 brief lectures from university faculty members to showcase “ideas worth spreading.”

    “TEDxUM 2015” uses the TED Talks conference format, which brings together lecturers and other participants in a globally popular set of conferences run by the Sapling Foundation under the slogan “Ideas worth spreading.” Under the rules set by TED for the event, it will be open to only about 100 audience members this year, but organizers plan a much larger TEDxUM event for 2016.

    “We believe it critical that Mississippi and the University of Mississippi, in particular, showcase the many ideas we have that are worth spreading,” said Marvin King, UM associate professor of political science and African-American studies. “We have incredible researchers and activists in our community, and the TED platform is among the best ways to make sure that Mississippi is a part of engaging discussions leading to real, positive change.”

    The theme for the event is “In Plain Sight,” said TEDxUM organizer Lizzy Wicks, a senior international studies and French major from Ocean Springs.

    “It will serve to highlight the great minds that we have here on our campus and show the world the amazing work being done in the Oxford area,” Wicks said. “Our theme for this year is ‘In Plain Sight’ and will remark upon those aspects of life which are right before our eyes, yet must be illuminated in order to receive recognition.”

    She said audience members will be constantly engaged by a diverse group of speakers and they’ll also participate in interactive breakout sessions.

    Read More at: news.olemiss.edu