TEDxTowsonU shares "ideas worth spreading"

Conference brings together regional speakers to spark dialogue, inspire change

TOWSON, Md. (May 4, 2012)—The Towson University Office of Civic Engagement will host TEDxTowsonU, a conference aimed at inspiring personal and social responsibility, on Thursday, May 10 from 4-8 p.m. in the West Village Commons.

TEDx is the latest initiative from TED, the nonprofit founder of the renowned TED conferences, for which the world’s innovators gather to “give the talk of their lives” in a mission to spread ideas and encourage others to better the world. TED is an acronym for technology, entertainment and design, the three industries that are, according to TED, “collectively shaping our future.”

Past TED conference speakers have included Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and Gordon Brown.

TEDx events are unique to the global talks, in that they receive general guidance from TED but are local and self-organized. And while similar in format to the TED conferences, TEDx events spark dialogue and connection on a more intimate level.

In fact, per the rules of TED, seating for TEDxTowson is limited to just 100 attendees. Admission is free, but attendees were required to complete an application detailing their goals, accomplishments and community involvement to help event organizers curate the audience.

Speakers for TEDxTowsonU will include Hilary Corna, celebrated author of One White Face and founder of; Kristen McGuire, executive director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network; Michael Owen, contemporary painter and creator of the Baltimore Love Project; Donald Thomas, veteran astronaut and director of the Willard Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science; and Jessica Turral, executive director and founder of Hand in Hand Baltimore.

The event will also include a speaker contest, for which winning students and faculty members will present their own “ideas worth spreading.”

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