TEDxSMU Hilltop is coming to the University’s Bob Hope Theatre on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 – a free, SMU-only mashup of performance, technology and great talks that will spotlight “Ideas Worth Spreading” here on campus. The Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts will join to present high-energy talks and performances that tap the talents of the SMU community.
The half-day conference will run from 1-5 p.m., punctuated by a half-hour conversation break in the middle of the afternoon. By limiting the audience to the SMU community and staging the event in a campus theater, TEDxSMU is bringing home the kind of event that started with the first TEDxSMU conference in 2009.
TEDxSMU Hilltop is open to everyone on the SMU campus – students, faculty and staff – but it’s first-come, first served. Register here and bring your SMU ID to the event.
The program’s theme is re:THINK and will feature presentations from four students, four faculty members, four staff members and four SMU alumni. While the program is nearly booked, the TEDxSMU tradition incorporates the opportunity to participate from the stage. Nominate yourself or suggest a speaker here.
Confirmed presenters so far include:
Hank Hammett, the Meadows Opera Theatre director who will explain the need to make opera more relevant to today’s audiences, based on the unique “Opera in a Box” program he has created at the University.
TEDxSMU premiered on the SMU campus in 2009 at Caruth Auditorium, one of the first university events licensed as an independently organized “TEDx” event by the nonprofit organization that hosts the TED conference annually in Long Beach.
– Kimberly Cobb