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The community has many ways to experience inaugural TEDxEvansville on October 13

Press Release October 9, 2015



Danielle Falconer
TEDxEvansville Volunteer
Mobile: 317.413.3475

The community has many ways to experience inaugural TEDxEvansville on October 13
The live in-theater experience is sold out but viewing parties and online livestream provide access to ideas worth spreading

EVANSVILLE, IND. – For the past year, local volunteer organizers have been fervently planning the inaugural TEDxEvansville, set to take place 1-5 p.m., Tuesday, October 13. The event will be held live in the Evansville Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater, via livestream and at viewing parties throughout the community. Locally and regionally sourced speakers are slated to speak on topics that align with the event’s renaissance theme. The 13 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.

Like all TEDx events, TEDxEvansville is a self-organized, local platform to share big, TED-like ideas. With support from volunteers and sponsors, the public event features live speakers, unique performances and TEDTalks videos. Combined, these experiences spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

“In a community that’s truly thriving, you have this interaction of people who decide they want to work toward something that’s bigger than themselves,” said Zac Parsons, TEDxEvansville licensee. “These ideas demonstrate that.”

Experience TEDxEvansville

Although the live experience in the Koch Immersive Theater is sold out, there are several other ways to experience TEDxEvansville – at no cost. These forums were designed to meet the needs of those who want to be closest to the action, as well as offer options for community members who can’t commit to the entire four-hour event but want to experience some of the talks.

Official TEDxEvansville viewing parties – 1-5 p.m. – free and open to the public
Viewing Party & Idea Fair at the Evansville Museum, 411 SE Riverside Dr., Evansville – Watch TEDxEvansville on a big screen with other avid TED fans, meet the speakers and network with others passionate about the renaissance underway in Evansville. Enjoy light refreshments and entertainment throughout the event. And learn more about organizations who are enthusiastic about Evansville’s ideas worth sharing. Stay for the TEDxEvansville after-party, which begins at 5 p.m. Join in discussion about the day’s event and enjoy food trucks, cash bar, networking with speakers and organizers and other surprises. Request your Evansville Museum Viewing Party & Idea Fair ticket by emailing

Viewing Party at St. Mary’s Medical Center, 3700 Washington Ave., Evansville – In the spirit of TED and ideas worth spreading, St. Mary’s is hosting an official TEDxEvansville Viewing Party – a community gathering to view the webcast and share in rich discussion. There’s no cost to attend, but space is limited. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

Those who want to experience TEDxEvansville from their computers, smart phones or devices may view online at The live feed is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m., just prior to the official 1 p.m. start. Visit the TEDxEvansville website and follow updates on social media for more details.

Follow the activity on social media
Throughout the event, organizers will share a steady stream of updates on Facebook and Twitter. Complete recordings of the talks will not be available until after the event.

TEDxEvansville schedule and speaker line-up of speakers

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sean Georges
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and In-House Counsel, Shoe Carnival, Inc.
The essence of authentic leadership

Jodi Duncan
Jodi Duncan Designs

TED Talk video

Scott Wylie, Esq.
Director, Vanderburgh Community Foundation
Intentional inclusiveness in community renaissance

Lynn Miller Pease
Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Evansville, Inc.
How a picture book, markers and paper transformed my city from miserable to magnetic

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Performance by Larry Miller, accordionist

Charles Sutton
Librarian/Educator, Thinker/Tinkerer
Maker education: Empowering individuals to make a better world

T. Michael W. Halcomb
Conversational Koine Institute
Silent no more: Resurrecting dead languages

TED Talk video

Sean Wallace
Owner, Windows of Opportunity – Barbed Wire Art
Second chance

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Robin Mallery
Community Volunteer, Registered Nurse, Health Educator
Chocolate mindfulness exercise

Steve Burger
Vice President of Radio & Digital, WNIN, Tri-State Public Media Public media’s role in the renaissance

Matthew Rowe
Executive Director, Reitz Home Museum
Chairman, City of Evansville Historic Preservation Commission
In my neighborhood: A primer on architectural styles in Evansville’s historic district

TED Talk video

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

TED Talk video

Michael Strezewski
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern Indiana
The Mann Site: Indiana’s first capital

Dan Sullivan
Web designer, father of five
Uniformity, monotony and creativity

Rob Carroll
Principal, South Heights Elementary
What do Kevin Bacon, Alice in Wonderland, lying to kids and getting tattoos have to do with effective (school) leadership?

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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