Mark Your Calendars for TEDxPSU: 10/10/10

September 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

One of my mentors is Pam Maples, who was managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when I was an assistant sports editor there, and one of the reasons she made such an impression on me was her enthusiasm. Pam wasn’t one of those managers who hovered above the rest of the staff. Just like the rest of us, she got excited when news broke, and she created an atmosphere that brought the best out of people.

Which is why I paid close attention when Pam returned from a conference and said it was among the the most inspiring events she’d ever attended. The conference, TED, was devoted to bringing innovators from various fields together to, essentially, inspire attendees to change the world.

Big talk, right? But I checked it out—there’s a great website where you can watch videos of some of the best talks—and although I didn’t have the benefit of being there, chatting with the people sitting near me and feeling the energy in the room, I couldn’t stop watching. These are people who make you think, who put your brain in a different gear.

So I was excited to discover that a handful of IST grads are bringing a form of TED right here to campus, in Schwab Auditorium. I’m already registered for TEDxPSU, an independently organized event that gets a little bit of support from the organization, and there’s still time for you to sign up, too.

The event will happen on Oct. 10—and the first session kicks off at, yes, 10:10 a.m. The organizers scheduled the event for Homecoming weekend, hoping that football fans and alumni in town for the game and the festivities will hang around.

Registration is open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. (Or, if you’re closer to one of the other campuses, you’ve got until Oct. 1 to register for the “watch parties” at Beaver, Berks, Brandywine,or  Shenango. Go to the TEDxPSU website for bios of all of the speakers and more information, including the registration form. Hope to see you there!

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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