Ticket Sales Open for 2nd Annual TEDxWesleyanU, Featuring All-Star Speaker Line-Up

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Ticket Sales Open for 2nd Annual TEDxWesleyanU, Featuring All-Star Speaker Line-Up

 Middletown, Conn. – On April 27, a group of Wesleyan students will once again host a TEDx conference on the University’s Middletown campus. The event is open to the public, and tickets go on sale Monday, April 15 at TEDxWesleyanU.com.

This year’s TEDxWesleyanU will take place in Beckham Hall inside historic Fayerweather at the heart of campus. The program starts at 1 p.m., and will feature seven high-profile speakers from the worlds of government, medicine, literature, music, higher education, and business, including several Wesleyan alumni and one current Wesleyan student. Speakers include U.S. Representative for Connecticut Jahana Hayes, Connecticut State Senator Alex Bergstein ’88, best-selling author Dr. Robin Cook ’62, Wesleyan student Dylan Shumway ’20, who won this year’s campus speaker competition, and more. 

TEDxWesleyanU was founded on the principle of broadening thought diversity on campus and beyond,” said lead organizer Eunes Harun ’20. “Following the incredible response and success of last year’s conference, including selling out within 10 minutes of launch, we’re ecstatic to be bringing TEDxWesleyanU back for its second year.”

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

The inaugural TEDxWesleyanU event was held in April 2018. Videos of the 13 speakers from the 2018 event are available here.

Student organizers are available for interviews upon request. Press are welcome at the event with advance notice. No photography, audio or video recording is permitted, per TED rules, but Wesleyan will provide photography upon request.

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 TED Translators Program, 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.

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