Talk of the Towne

When it comes to exploring the power of ideas, the ideal Old Towne location is Chapman University. The June 4th TEDxChapmanU event, to be held on campus, promises to provide attendees with a plethora of ideas sure to promote conversations and new ways of thinking.

“We had an overwhelming response to last year’s event, which featured some really great speakers,” says Mark Woodland, vice president of marketing at Chapman University. “This year, 13 extraordinary thought leaders and innovators from the local community and across the U.S. have agreed to come and speak.”

Origins of TEDx

Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to sparking and spreading ideas. The TEDx events consist of local, independently organized programs.

The lineup for the 2013 TEDxChapmanU event includes Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX; Kathy Thomson, president of the Los Angeles Times and COO of the Tribune Co.; Michael Goldsby, co-founder and CTO of Jointly; Ken Hertz, top music industry attorney, and many more,” says Woodland.

Chapman TEDx 2012

Last year’s event created a lot of buzz on campus and attracted people from the community and beyond, says Woodland. “Guests included Yossie Hollander, who spoke about fuel freedom and did an outstanding job,” he says. “And Frank Frisch initiated a lot of discussion with his talk on the legitimacy of using steroids in sports.”

This year’s June 4th event will be ticketed, and will run from 1 to 6 pm, with doors opening at 11:45 am. Additional information about the event and tickets can be found at www.tedxchapmanu.com. General admission tickets are $60, or $45 for live-stream video at The Lab.

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Published in the May/June 2013 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Julie Bawden-Davis, Art provided by Chapman University

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