The organizers -- a group of visionary students at UMass Amherst -- are doing all the logistics, publicity, and event management for this event. Plus, several of the TEDx team members have interviewed the faculty involved multiple times!
The students have created a nice Facebook page and, in dramatic fashion, have been announcing one speaker per day, beginning a week ago, with the full list available tomorrow.
There are 8 speakers -- 4 males and 4 females, which is great.
Students submitted nominations of the professors they want to hear speak outside of the classroom setting, so this makes the event extra special.
There will be two faculty from my Operations & Information Management department, Dr. Ryan Wright and I, and one from the Marketing department, Cynthia Barstow.
This makes 3 faculty out of 8 from the Isenberg School of Management!
The others who are officially identified (I also know #8 but will keep the name a secret until the announcement): Dr. Susan Whitboune of Psychology, Dr. Brian O'Connor of Biology, Dr. Shaheen Pasha of Journalism, and Professor Peter Skott of Economics,.
I put some finishing touches on my presentation today and am very much looking forward to speaking tomorrow evening.
I have heard that there will even be a red carpet and a musical ensemble from the Berklee College of Music in Boston!
According to the TED website: Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis
AND this just in, thanks to Stephen Chan, and hot off the press: the full roster and titles:
Here are some details for tomorrow's event:
6:00 - Doors open
6:15 - Cynthia Barstow on "Nurture Your Nature"
6:30 - Peter Skott on "Power, Luck, and Ideology"
6:45 - Anna Nagurney on "The Traffic Circle of Life"
7:00 - Ryan Wright on "Mindfullness Use of Tech"
7:15 - Musical Intermission
7:25 - Shaheen Pasha on "What's Your Story?"
7:40 - Brian O'Connor on "Desiderata"7:50 - Pierre Rouzier on "Community Involvement"
8:05 - Susan Whitbourne on "Achieve Your Goals by Tweaking Your Mindset"
8:20 - Snacks, Questions, and Networking.