Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TEDxColumbus speakers announced

Ben's note: What an incredible group of speakers!!

We’re pleased to present the following speakers and performers for TEDxColumbus on October 20. The Curatorial Team wishes to extend many thanks to these individuals for believing in the spirit of TED and for the extensive time, effort and commitment it has taken thus far and will take to complete their roles as speakers at our event.

For more information on each speaker, click on their name.

John Glenn has been there and back. Twice. The first man to orbit the earth will share some of his more memorable stories in a first-generation technology, along with thoughts on his other passions like education.

Art Epstein has valuable pearls to share, but not the jeweled kind. His future projections on how plastics, created by strands of molecular pearls, will impact things like pharmaceuticals. Makes you wonder what won’t be plastic in our world to come.

Reade Harpham has a challenge for you. The way he has been ‘protoyping change’ may help you stop talking and start doing something to make change in our world.

Chrystie Hill is not your mother’s librarian. Assuredly, we have shifted how we access information, but have libraries really shifted their role in our communities? You’ll want to hear Chrystie’s compelling perspective.

John Mueller will demonstrate true obsession. He argues one of our most poignant technologies is grossly overstated and asks, what really is the role of Atomic weapons in our world today?

Ann Pendleton-Jullian wants to play with your mind. Her many years of teaching design through gaming may help re-wire the future instruction of architects across the world.

Norah Zuniga Shaw will be pointed with you. Her research on dance and its intersections with animation will make you think about how counterpoint is present everywhere we look.

And offering an inspiring opening to the evening, Matt Slaybaugh holds forth on the charms and trials of the imagination, the difficulties of creativity, and the absurdity of writing poetry.


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