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TEDxDU 2011 and TEDxDU Active: Three Ways to Watch

Event Registration begins on April 5

DENVER — In keeping with the theme of “radical collaboration,” the University of Denver is offering three ways to watch and engage in its upcoming TEDxDU and TEDxDU Active event on Friday, May 13. Participants can attend the live program, join in the TEDxDU Active on-campus watch party or view the live stream of the event online from anywhere in the world at www.tedxdu.com.

Registration is required for TEDxDU and TEDxDU Active events and begins on April 5 at www.tedxdu.com.  TEDxDU events are free, but seating is limited. For updates, follow TEDxDU on Twitter and Facebook.

The TEDxDU main event will take place in Gates Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., followed by a party on-stage with TEDxDU speakers. TEDxDU Active will take place at the same time in the Driscoll Ballroom in the William T. Driscoll Student Center, 2055 E. Evans Ave. Hosted by comedian Rob Gleeson, TEDxDU Active is a live simulcast of TEDxDU – but with its own blend of activities and surprises. TEDxDU Active attendees can join the after-party at Gates Hall.

TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers to share “ideas worth spreading.”  TEDx events are independently organized events licensed by TED.

 “Through this idea of radical collaboration, we hope to reveal the power of partnership, where unlikely ideas, inspiration or research can propel an idea forward faster than anyone could do alone,” says DU Chancellor Robert Coombe. “TEDxDU is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the human condition.”

TEDxDU will feature more than 15 speakers in a fast-paced afternoon of eclectic ideas, inspiration, and performance themed around the idea of radical collaboration. Speakers include former U.S. Ambassador Chris Hill; TED speaker and animal welfare activist Temple Grandin; collaborative musician John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light; and cellular biologist Todd Blankenship. 

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The University of Denver is committed to improving the human condition and engaging students and faculty in tackling the major issues of our day. DU ranks among the top 100 national universities in the U.S. For additional information, go to www.du.edu/newsroom.

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. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

Contact:  Kim DeVigil
Phone: (303) 871-2775
E-mail: Kim.DeVigil@du.edu

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