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April 13, 2017

CLC hosting TEDx Streaming for the Public

Central Lakes College will be hosting a live-streaming party on campus during TEDxGullLake, which will be held April 22 at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The public is invited to attend the live-stream for free.

“We’re trying to make these talks available to everyone in the region,” said Kate Hunt, director of TEDxGullLake. “The wider these stories and ideas can be spread, the greater the conversation that can take place.” 

All 14 speakers and performers who will be live at TEDxGullLake can be seen on screen at the CLC party. Central Lakes College will be hosting the TEDx talks, along with snacks, refreshments, and friendly discussion.  Curt Nielsen will serve as master of ceremonies at CLC. Streaming will be held in a comfortable atmosphere in Room E203, near the northeast entrance of the college (Door 6).

The TEDx talks begin at 9 am Saturday, with three sessions running from 9-10:25 am, 10:50 am to noon, and 1:30-3:10 pm. A light snack will be served.

The TEDx speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, each of them in about 15 minutes or less. The event is licensed by the international TED Conference and is patterned after the famous TED Talks. TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, although TED Talks have grown to include all sciences, human behavior, public policy, and any topic that informs and inspires.

Thaddeus Owen, a sustainability expert, will kick off the event, with his talk about harmful and beneficial light, with an argument to wear sunglasses in the home at night, and leaving the glasses off while outside.

Brainerd middle school teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson will discuss their innovative program to provide kids with science and engineering experiences through high-altitude balloon flights. Gaelynn Lea, the 2016 winner of National Public Radio’s music contest, will perform and give a talk about the pursuit of “enrichment.”

Laura Brod, CEO of RoverMed BioSciences, will describe the emergence of nano-capsule technology to deliver cancer-fighting medicines and treatment.  Dr. Peter Sorensen will discuss the health of Minnesota’s lakes and what needs to be done to protect fisheries and water quality.

Some of the other topics include: “Tech Innovation in Minnesota: What it means for rural areas,” by Nick Roseth, producer of DocuMNtary; “Differences Don’t Have to Divide Us,” a talk and stage performance by Elisa Korenne; “The Future of American Manhood,” by new media producer Brendan Stermer; “Mirror Neurons,” by Dr. Shelly Richardson; “Mother Knows Best: Listening to women can improve families and health,” by Brainerd midwife Sonya Chamberlain; “You Are the Heart of this Art,” by Minneapolis artist Eddie Hamilton; “It’s Grief to Me,” a look at what grief means to children and teens, by Anna-Maija Lee.

More information about the event can be found at TEDxGullLake.com. TEDxGullLake is made possible by donations and grants from National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples, as well as by the Initiative Foundation, The Brainerd Dispatch, and Sherwood Forest Lodge.


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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollarTED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.