Xavier University Students Introduce Campus and Community to TED

April 20, 2012

Whether or not they have met TED before, students at Xavier University expect a full house on campus Thursday, April 26 2012, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm to encounter TED in an afternoon to remember.

Who is TED?

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes, after which their talks are made available, free, at TED.com. Speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. TEDx offers a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world.

TEDxXavierUniversity is a licensed TEDx event with the theme "Touching the hearts and minds of others through innovation, service, and leadership." This effort was entirely driven by students who obtained the TED license and put the wheels in motion. A mix and mingle will take place after the lectures from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm so that attendees can discuss the ideas. Regional and national leaders in innovation have been invited, including CEOs, directors of non-profits, and cutting-edge entrepreneurs. A list of the speakers to date is at http://www.xavier.edu/williams/tedx/ Many of the speakers have ties to Xavier University.

The student leaders for TedxXavierUniversity are:
(45347) Lyden Foust , a senior in entrepreneurial studies from New Paris, OH, the son of Lorrie and Janell Foust
(44240) Michael Farwell, a junior in marketing from Kent, OH, the son of Phillip Farwell
(89074) Jenna Giorgione, a senior in public relations from Henderson, NV, the daughter of Steven & Nancy Giorgione

To get a sense of what TED offers, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or Facebook at facebook.com/TED.