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Ole Miss Seeking Next TEDxUM Speaker, Application Deadline Nearing

TED 1The University of Mississippi is accepting nominations for a guest speaker at the next TEDxUM Talk on January 28, 2017.

The deadline to submit your application for the TEDxUM talk is Monday, April 18. The TEDxUM Talk is an independently organized event at Ole Miss.

TED, a nonprofit organization started in 1984, is devoted to spreading ideas around the world, according to its website. Such ideas began with entertainment, technology and design. Over the years, over 100 different topics have come across to listeners of the TED Talks, as it is commonly known.

“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world,” TED.com states. “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

A TED Talk lasts for about 9 to 18 minutes, and cover a wide range of topics such as the following: life, media, health, religion, astronomy, animals, emotions and music to name a few. A complete list of topics can be found at TED.com.

“We seek new, innovative, interesting, compelling ideas that will change the world for the better,” the TEDxUM nomination form states.

According to Ole Miss, the next TEDxUM talk should be “creative/innovative, inspirational ideas appealing to the broadest possible audience and have a specific UM/Mississippi tie-in.”

The TEDxUM 2017 planning committee are Lizzy Wicks (organizer) and Dr. Marvin King (co-organizer). Dr. King and Wicks lead a 30-person team comprised of mostly students, faculty and staff that will select the speakers and organize TEDxUM 2017.

To apply and see a full list of speaker guidelines, click here.


Emily Newton is a staff writer for hottytoddy.com, and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. She can be reached at emily.newton@hottytoddy.com.

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