Sharon Lyle

TEDxSMU 2012 offers live webcasts Nov. 30-Dec. 1

TEDxSMU and its companion event, TEDxKids @SMU, return for another celebration of “Ideas Worth Spreading” Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012, in a new and larger venue: Dallas City Performance Hall. Both events will be streamed live as free webcasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the TEDxSMU website.

Speakers include New York Times Magazine-lauded playwright and Meadows Prize winner Will Power, PBS KIDS marketing guru Lesli Rotenberg, “Pay It Forward” leader Charley Johnson and dozens of other speakers.

The TEDxSMU program is built around rapid-fire, highly visual talks and performances, all wrapped around a theme this year of re:THINK. Among the presenters is Christian Genco of Colleyville, Texas – an SMU senior computer science major who has created a unique experiment in playing music by sampling various foods. Genco will be a presenter at both TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU. Click the YouTube screen to watch him play The Star-Spangled Banner with fruits, vegetables and a beverage straw, or click this link to see Christian Genco’s performance in a new window.

“We are just pumped about the speakers and topics this year,” said TEDxSMU Executive Director Sharon Lyle. “This is our fourth year, now, and we can track real change in the Dallas area tied to people who were inspired to act after attending TEDxSMU. I can’t tell you how exciting that is.”

Tickets sales for TEDxSMU 2012 are closed, but the live-stream is free and designed to help the conversations that start at TEDxSMU get bigger, travel further and find new audiences.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Read the full story from SMU News
> Watch TEDxKids @SMU live Nov. 30, 2012
> Watch TEDxSMU live Dec. 1, 2012

2012-11-28T14:16:27+00:00 November 28, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

TEDxSMU announces 2012 speakers and topics

Charley Johnson
Lesli Rotenberg
Will PowerPower

TEDxSMU 2012 will guide its audience through a crowd-sourced hunt for Genghis Khan’s tomb, a bio-anthropological search for love in all the right places and demonstrations of science and gadgetry. The fourth annual event returns from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at a new, larger venue – Dallas City Performance Hall.

Speakers include acclaimed playwright and SMU Meadows Prize winner Will Power, PBS KIDS marketing guru Lesli Rotenberg, Pay It Forward leader Charley Johnson and dozens of other speakers. The TEDxSMU program of “Ideas Worth Spreading” is built around rapid-fire, highly visual talks and performances, all wrapped around a theme this year of re:THINK.

The last speaker for the Dec. 1 event is still a question mark and will audition for his or her spot on the TEDxSMU stage at 5 p.m. Friday, October 19 at Union Station. Anyone can attend the auditions, and the audience and celebrity judges (KERA’s Anne Bothwell, D Magazine’s Zac Crain and former TEDxSMU audition winner Will Clarke) will vote on as many as a dozen, pre-screened hopefuls to select the speaker with the best idea worth spreading. Previous audition winner Jasmin Brand of Brandpointe will emcee, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available for $10.

“We are just pumped about the speakers and topics we’ve already confirmed,” said TEDxSMU Executive Director Sharon Lyle. “And the auditions are a wild card for us because we just don’t know what to expect!  We had so many terrific auditions last year that we added three people to the program instead of the one we had planned for.“

This is the first year that TEDxSMU tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. TEDxSMU audiences previously were required to apply for ticket options, a process designed for the first three years to include as many thought leaders from as many backgrounds as possible in the experience. Building on the larger venue, the more widely available ticketing is designed to help the conversations that start at TEDxSMU get bigger, travel further and find new audiences.

Tickets, which are $150, include full-day conference attendance, a light breakfast, lunch, snacks throughout the day, and access to the Saturday evening after-party. Tickets may be purchased at

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Find a full list of TEDxSMU 2012 speakers and events at SMU News

2012-10-10T12:33:21+00:00 October 10, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2010-11

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the how the new census will affect Texas politically – and the risks it may pose for Republicans – with The Los Angeles Times Dec. 22, 2010, and with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 20, 2010. He talked about the year ahead in politics with The Canadian Press Dec. 16, 2010. In addition, he discussed the likelihood of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2012 with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 13, 2010.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Interfaith Peace Chapel of Dallas – the last building architect Philip Johnson designed before his death – in a piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Dec. 22, 2010.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about how creative gift-giving increases when the economy is bad with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 20, 2010.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed the rise in Texas’ unemployment rate – despite a gain in jobs – with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 17, 2010.

Sharon Lyle, project director, TEDxSMU, was profiled as “the top conversation starter in Dallas” in D Magazine‘s “The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011.” The article appeared Dec. 15, 2010.

Dalia AbdelHady, Sociology, Dedman College, talked about crafting holiday traditions when members of a family are of different faiths with KERA Public Radio Dec. 16, 2010. audio

Rhonda Rompola, head coach, Women’s Basketball, was the subject of a “Profile in Fitness” Q&A with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, and William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, talked about Americans’ depth of religious knowledge and how religion shapes our political views in the “Texas Faith” column of The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Lawrence also talked about the Nativity story and who was present for the birth of Jesus with National Public Radio News Dec. 23, 2010. audio

Raúl Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of a profile in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 13, 2010.

2011-01-26T12:30:41+00:00 January 26, 2011|Faculty in the News|
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