TEDxNIU, an independently organized TED event at Northern Illinois University, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Altgeld Hall auditorium.
A TED event is a series of live TED talks delivered at a one-day conference. TED talks are up to 18 minute talks with the goal of spreading ideas through notable speakers.
Members of the licensed TEDxNIU student organization plan and carry out the annual event to foster new ideas in the NIU community and beyond.
This year’s event focuses on “A Future Forward Together,” the idea that the experience and insight from individuals of all walks of life can lead to a better future as a community.
Speaking at this year’s TEDxNIU event:
- Jean Lau Chin, Fulbright specialist on gender and leadership studies;
- Robert Lee Davis, world renowned artist;
- Stephen Fleeman, academic chair of sustainable energy systems at Rock Valley College;
- David Heinke, director of Grant Thornton;
- David Hoffman, professor at Harvard Law School;
- Karli Johnson, anti-abuse activist;
- Matt Muse, NIU student and hip-hop artist; and
- Stephen Samuels, NIU Black Studies instructor.
Included in the program are two unique performances to entertain the audience and show the talent that thrives at NIU.
TEDxNIU tickets are available online at $10 for students and $20 for non-students. The event includes lunch and great networking opportunities. The event is attended by notable university officials, community members and students.