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TEDxEvansville announces 2016 speaker lineup

Press Release July 11, 2016


Ben Luttrull
TEDxEvansville Volunteer
Mobile: 812-319-7673

TEDxEvansville announces 2016 speaker lineup
Local speakers will come together under “Pause, Play, Fast-Forward” theme

EVANSVILLE, IND. – TEDxEvansville is pleased to announce its lineup of speakers for its 2016 event, “Pause, Play, Fast-Forward.” The nine speakers were selected for their thought-provoking ideas and ability to convey their ideas in a moving way. They will present their talks – each less than 18 minutes in length – at the 2016 TEDxEvansville event on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Evansville Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater.

Confirmed speakers to date for the 2016 event include:

  • Basel Al Haj - Scholars for Syria
  • Joe Atkinson and James MacLeod - University of Evansville and WNIN
  • Roneshia Clark Evans - PhD student, Diversity Educator
  • Kay Corpus, M.D. - Owner/Director, Center for Integrative Medicine and The Yoga Loft
  • Brad Garnett - Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Erin Gibson - Student Publications Manager/Advisor, USI
  • Dr. Edith Hardcastle - Associate Professor of Biology, USI
  • Jarin Jaffee - Head of School, Evansville Day School
  • Tim Piazza - Online marketing consultant

TEDxEvansville received more than 60 written idea submissions from individuals interested in speaking at this year’s event. The TEDxEvansville curatorial team narrowed that list to about 20 individuals who were invited to audition in person, where they shared their ideas and discussed how they would deliver them in an impactful way.

"The responsibility of the curatorial team is to select speakers with fresh, poignant ideas that uphold the mission of TEDx, while at the same time providing the audience with a diverse range of topics," said Jenn Schultheis, TEDxEvansville Curatorial Team Lead. “We were inspired by so many of the speaker applicants this year, making it difficult to narrow the group. Our 2016 Speakers definitely bring 'ideas worth spreading' to life."

The team reviewing applications had no access to applicants’ names or where they work to ensure the focus remained on the ideas presented. The curatorial team ruled out any speaker seeking self-promotion or an opportunity to market their business or organization from the stage.

How to get tickets
TEDxEvansville will soon share information on how to get tickets online and tips for hosting a TEDx viewing party, where you can stream the event at your organization or gathering area. Those who want TEDxEvansville updates and happenings are encouraged to subscribe to emails from TEDxEvansville or follow TEDxEvansville on Facebook or Twitter.

TEDxEvansville is organized by a volunteer group of Evansville-area community advocates, who are excited to introduce the TED experience to the tristate area and spotlight bright minds and inspiring community members who provoke meaningful conversations and change.

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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For more information about TEDxEvansville
For more information about the 2016 TEDxEvansville event, email Follow updates and announcements about TEDxEvansville on the web at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @TEDxEvansville.


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