October 31st, 2020

U of L seeking presenters for TEDx event

By Kuhl, Nick on November 15, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

The University of Lethbridge is looking for people interested in becoming a TEDx presenter, as the post-secondary institution is set to present its first TEDx event on Jan. 25.

In a news release this week, U of L officials said they are looking for candidates to apply to be a speaker or performer addressing the theme of “I Am Still Learning.” The U of L is inviting anyone to submit a talk idea consistent with this theme.

“This is our first opportunity to present a TEDx event and we’re thrilled to begin planning for what promises to be an amazing day,” said Kathleen Massey, the university’s associate vice-president (students), in the release. “We will be looking to present a diverse group of speakers who can really stretch the envelope on our theme and spark some great conversations. The U of L has long been a driver of ideas and lifelong learning in southern Alberta and TEDx is another way to engage discussion in our community.”

Those interested in applying to present at TEDxUleth must submit an application form by Wednesday. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Nov. 25 that they are invited for auditions.

“Once we go through the audition process, which will run from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, we will notify the selected speakers on Dec. 6,” said U of L student Imogen Pohl, one of the event organizers, in the release. “I’m really looking forward to this process and hearing the great ideas that will come out of it. We have so many smart, talented people here in southern Alberta, I think we’ll be blown away by the presenters.”

The independently produced event, operated under a licence from TED, is organized by community volunteers and aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

For more information, visit TEDxUleth or contact Tedx@uleth.ca.

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