Be Informed and Inspired

Tri-State residents who enjoy watching videos made possible by TED, a nonprofit organization that sponsors powerful talks about Ideas Worth Spreading, can now enjoy a similar event in Evansville.

TEDxEvansville is organized by a volunteer group of community advocates who wanted to promote ideas and discussion in the region. They planned TEDxEvansville 2015, scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science’s Koch Immersive Theater. These local occurrences are branded TEDx, meaning they are independently organized TED events. This year’s theme is renaissance — rebirth, revival, and renewal — with the goal of leveraging Evansville’s legacy while continuing to pursue progress.

TEDxEvansville received more than 100 written submissions and narrowed the list to roughly 30 for auditions, selecting a final count of 14. The speakers were chosen based on their ideas regarding the theme and their ability to convey those ideas in a creative and inspirational manner. Application reviewers did not have access to candidates’ names to ensure focus on the ideas.

Some of the presenters include Steve Burger, vice president of radio & digital at WNIN; Rob Carroll, principal of South Heights Elementary School; and Lynn Miller Pease, CEO of Leadership Evansville, Inc.

“Every application was based solely on the idea’s authenticity, relevance to the renaissance theme, and originality, as well as potential for community impact — not on who submitted it,” says Jenn Schultheis, curatorial team lead for TEDxEvansville.

Seating is limited, so anyone who is unable to attend can watch the event via live stream on

For more information about TEDxEvansville, visit

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