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TEDxJeffersonCollege Presentation April 19

TEDxJeffersonCollege Presentation April 19

The Jefferson College Cultural Events and Outreach Committee will host TEDxJeffersonCollege on Thursday, April 19, in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus using the theme “The Science of Art and the Art of Science.” Doors will open at 6 p.m. with videos and refreshments and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED around the broad concepts of technology, entertainment and design, will feature student, faculty, and community presentations. Jefferson College is the only community college in the state of Missouri that currently participate in the nationwide program.

Speakers at TEDxJefferson College:

  • Brandy Burgett, student, will discuss how she uses her photography to bring awareness to issues surrounding depression.
  • Tracy Gomillion, Adjunct Sociology Instructor and Founder of the Willow Foundation, will discuss death rituals around the world.
  • Wesley Whitfield, Associate Professor of Chemistry and musician, will present his original percussion composition inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements.
  • Amy Hodge and Tracy Sitze, faculty and staff of Hillsboro Intermediate School, will discuss their students’ use of media and video production to help reach students in crisis. 

The program will also feature videos from recent TED conferences and local performers.

Tickets are free but space is limited, please email or call 314-276-6244.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is 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 and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

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

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit