TEDxUSU 2013 Speakers Announced
LOGAN – The Utah State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the speaker roster for the upcoming TEDxUSU 2013 on Nov. 5.
Norman Augustine, renowned STEM advocate and aerospace magnate and former CEO of Lockheed Martin, will be joined by Angelo Merendino, a prominent photo-documentarian and blogger from Cleveland, Ohio; John Dehlin, a USU Ph.D. student researching the gay, lesbian and bisexual Mormon experience and founder of the Mormon Stories podcast; Bruce Bugbee, a USU crop physiology professor and past recipient of the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology for his NASA-funded research on plant physiology in a space environment; David Rosenberg, and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at USU who has used systems analysis to optimize water management across the country and int he Middle East, and Joanna Endter-Wada, an associate professor of natural resources and environmental policy at USU whose work focuses on water policy and law in the western United States.
“You hear stories of courage, tragedy, hope, happiness, sorrow, beauty and ugliness,” said Jeff Broadbent, associate vice president of research and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “We want to aim for people who are going to come in and shake things up, not give something you can hear anywhere. We really want the message to linger with you.”
This will be the second annual TEDx event at USU. Speakers will be given 18 minutes to share an original, thought-provoking talk based on the principle of ideas worth spreading and the theme for TEDxUSU 2013, which is SURVIVE.
John Dehlin's talk is entitled " The Ally Within." Growing up as a conservative Mormon in Texas, there was little in John's upbringing that would have predicted he would become an ally for gay, lesbian, and bisexual Mormons. He discusses his transformation from homophobe to LGBTQ ally and his research on the gay, lesbian, and bisexual Mormon experience from a sample of over 1,600 LGBT Mormons.
TEDxUSU will be held at the Performance Hall in cooperation with the Caine College of the Arts, and tickets will be available online starting Sep. 17. The event is free, but due to limited seating, tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. The talks will also be recorded and available online following the event.
For more information, please visit rgs.usu.edu/tedxusu or the TEDxUSU Facebook page.
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has 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. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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