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DISSONANCE: TEDxPurdueU Main Event

Sat, Mar 20 / 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dissonance involves a clash—of musical notes, of ideas, of beliefs. Sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes ugly, sometimes simply unpleasant. But, those who listen closely may find value and true beauty in dissonance: the cacophony of two notes juxtaposed with the harmony that follows, two unlike ideas which force us to question our established beliefs. TEDxPurdueU invites you to join us at our virtual event, “Dissonance,” and discover the ways in which dissonance enriches our lives and challenges us.

TEDxPurdueU invites you to join us on the journey to discover all the ways in which dissonance enriches our lives and challenges us at our virtual main event, Dissonance. TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized chapter of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), presents Dissonance, a livestream conference event that nurtures a culture of innovation by sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni and community members to the global TED community. Speakers from diverse schools of thought will address the Dissonance theme through the lenses of history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business and technology, sparking deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.

The theme of this year’s event is DISSONANCE. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Adam Metzger, founding member of pop band AJR and Sustainable Development Advocate for the United Nations Development Programme
  • Dr. Sorin Adam Matei, Purdue College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean of Research, author and journalist
  • Frankie C. Wilson Jr., award-winning syndicated radio show host, entrepreneur and behavioral psychology professional
  • Dr. Carolin Frueh, Purdue Aeronautical Engineering professor
  • Siya Goel, independent researcher and junior at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School student


Support from

Purdue SFAB - Student Fee Advisory Board





Additional support from Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Krannert School of Management, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Purdue Polytech Institute, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture