TEDx coming to Georgia Southern

Taisha White

TEDx, an interactive program of local, self-organized events that brings communities together to share a TED-like experience, will be bringing its program to Georgia Southern in October.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Creatively” and was created to get people interacting and networking with each other in creative ways in order to solve complicated issues in today’s society.

John Banter, Associate Director of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, hopes students take away something vital from the TEDx event.

“It is my hope in establishing this event to spread the ‘ideas worth sharing’ from right here at Georgia Southern University,” Banter said. “I hope the creative ideas being shared at TedxGeorgiaSouthernU spark deep conversation and develop new opportunities for collaboration on campus.”

The TEDx program has made its way to different colleges across the country including the University of Iowa and Florida State College of Jacksonville. The program has also made its way to different countries, including India and Australia.

Maya Varner, sophomore early education major, is hopeful that the topic of conversation will include discussions on the current news stories regarding police brutality and diversity.

“I think it would be great to discuss the many current events that have been going on in the world,” Varner said. “With so much going on in the world, it would be interesting to see what would come out that type of event would come out of that.”

Autumn Bailey, freshman undeclared, said that the TEDx event will give students a better understanding on the world.

“It seems like a very informative type seminar,” Bailey said. “I think it will be able get people to open their minds and understand situations from a different perspective.”

TedxGeorgiaSouthernU will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art and Theatre. Registration for the event is $30 for students, $50 for faculty/staff and $75 for general admission.

To register for the event, log on to www.georgiasouthern.edu/TEDx.