TEDxYDL Speakers Announced

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Gillian Ream Gainsley
Communications Coordinator
Ypsilanti District Library
(734) 879-1303


TEDxYDL Speakers Announced

Ten local speakers will take the stage at TEDxYDL, presenting some of our community’s next big ideas in compelling 8-minute talks. TEDxYDL is organized by the Ypsilanti District Library and will take place at Halle Library on Eastern Michigan University’s campus on Thursday, April 13 at 7pm. In addition to the talks, the event will feature musical performances and videos of selected TED talks.

The speakers represent a diverse array of disciplines, interests, and organizations across Washtenaw County. Though the talk topics will differ greatly, they will all address the theme, “Interdependence.” Each talk will highlight great stories and big ideas that touch on the many ways people, organisms, and ideas depend on each other to make each other stronger.

A complete list of speakers is available at www.TEDxYDL.com. Speakers will include:

  • Megan Foldenauer, Biomedical Illustrator, will discuss the study of the human eye at the intersection of art and science.
  • Shawntae Harris, Eastern Michigan University Graduate Student in the Department of Higher Education Student Affairs, will talk about the hidden problem of collegiate homelessness and how community support systems including Ozone House help homeless students achieve their goals.
  • Michael Kielb, Biology Department Faculty at Eastern Michigan University, will speak about historical epidemics and how they could inform our present interdependent systems of water delivery, food accessibility, and medical treatment.
  • Jim McBee, Co-owner of The Ann Magazine, will discuss "fake news" and the importance of journalism in an increasingly complex world.
  • Tanasia Morton, Student Body President of Eastern Michigan University, will talk about the importance of unity after multiple racist graffiti incidents occurred at EMU.
  • Lynne Settles, Art Teacher at Ypsilanti Community Schools, and Maximilian Harper, a sophomore at Ypsilanti Community High School, will present about how they have used art to support local history and community initiatives.
  • John Weiss, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Neutral Zone, will discuss the importance of youth voice in our community.
  • La'Ron Williams, professional storyteller, will speak about how stories can bring people together.
  • Ping Zhou, Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss how nations depend on each other in trade relationships and the factors that cause these relationships to change.

This is the second annual TEDx event hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library and sponsored by EMU’s Halle Library. The partnership between the two libraries helps bridge the gap between the city and the university in the spirit of shared information and spreading great ideas.

“Throughout history, libraries have been places where people come to gain access to the accumulated knowledge of humankind and to share and build upon their own great ideas. The partnership between the two libraries in our community around this event just made sense,” said Paula Drummond, Head of Adult Services at the Ypsilanti District Library.

Tickets to TEDxYDL are free, but advance registration is required and seating is limited. Registration will open on March 1. Those wishing to attend the event may register at www.TEDxYDL.com.


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About the Ypsilanti District Library

As a community resource, the Ypsilanti District Library's mission is to enrich life, stimulate intellectual curiosity, foster literacy, and encourage an informed citizenry. www.ypsilibrary.org


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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TEDor Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted

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