Students celebrate ideas worth spreading

November 2, 2011 5:43 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

There’s truth in the notion that some ideas are worth sharing, and a team of Tulane students is on a mission to make sure good ideas are heard. Following the format of the popular TED series, which features live inspirational talks of 18 minutes or less, the Tulane program will present several speakers on Thursday (Nov. 3) on the uptown campus.



Samantha Bosalavage, a student organizer of TEDxTU who assisted in last year’s event, says she expects attendance at the free event to be even larger than last year. Organizers want the event to inspire and inform social innovation, make social change a priority, and connect changemakers within New Orleans.

“Last year we had about 300 people attend and this year we already have had 400 people reserve a seat for the event,” says Bosalavage.

The TEDxTU program is a licensed member of the TEDx community program, which brings the original TED series format into communities.

The 2011 roster of speakers represents a cross section of the Tulane community by including students, alumni, faculty and community members. Among those signed up to speak are TED senior fellow and urban artist Candy Chang and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founder of the Birthing Project, a program to promote health of African American babies.

A former inmate who has been homeless will talk about life lessons he has learned, and the founder of One Million Bones will discuss the art installation that recognizes the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burma.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall of the Lavin Bernick Center. Registration is requested, as seating is limited.


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