Ted X USU aims to inform and enlighten in a larger venue

TED X USU is in its sixth year and is expanding in both the content of the annual event and also the venue. It will be held this Friday evening, October 27th, beginning at 6 p.m. in the newly-renovated Daines Concert Hall. It’s open to the public and involves local communities and presenters, in addition to international presenters.

Anna McEntire of the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program last week.

“It’s our dream-come-true to move. We’ve always loved the intimate feeling of being in the Caine Performance Hall which seats about 400. But we’ve just had so much interest that we’ve always had to turn people away who have wanted tickets,” McEntire said.

“So now that we’ll be in the newly-renovated Daines Concert Hall we’ll be able to have four times that many people to be able to attend. This is the first time we’ve been able to be this close to the event and instead of saying ‘sorry we don’t have tickets, watch the videos when they come out’, we still have tickets available and people can still plan to attend the event.”

She said the theme this year is “Movement” which is appropriate since they are moving locations.

“Also we are really keen on celebrating USU’s Year of the Arts with the Caine College of the Arts this year, who has been our longtime partners with TEDX USU. And ‘Movement’ is a word used very heavily in art, in music and in visual art and this is a little bit a (nod) to that and lots of the talks we have chosen definitely have more of an artistic emphasis than what we’ve done in past years.”

McEntire said many people have seen or heard TED talks online. They are generally shorter talks than you see in a typical lecture – 18 minutes or less- and designed to focus on ideas. She said their speakers work about six months in preparing and memorizing their talks.

They put them together focusing on the performance of their talks. They aim to inform but at the same time be really interesting and entertaining. Tickets are $25 with a $10 discount for card-holding USU students. You can get tickets at <a href=”http://tedx.usu.edu” target=”_blank”>tedx.usu.edu</a> or at the Caine College of the Arts website.

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