February 16, 2018

TEDxPurdueU hosting main event of season on March 3

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —  TEDxPurdueU will host its main event for the 2017-2018 season from 1-5 p.m. March 3 in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse.

This event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now at tedxpurdueu.com/tickets or at Stewart Center Box Office. Student tickets are $15 and tickets for the general public are $25.

The theme for this year’s main event is “Art of the Ordinary.” The goal of this year’s event is to reverse the mindset of TED Talk speakers being superstars and share stories of how their success is in the art of being ordinary, being passionate and being relentless.

Speakers at this year’s event include:

* Kitty Campbell, executive director of Leadership Lafayette.

* Oye Waddell, executive director of Hustle PHX and founder of Gameplan International.

* Jackie Linnes, assistant professor in Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

* Jayson Lusk, head of the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics.

* Travis Dorsch, assistant professor and founding director of the Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University.

* Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University professor of chemistry and materials engineering.

* Kirby Reutter, licensed psychologist and mental health counselor.

* Laura Willis, director of product at Rumi Spice.

* Lyndsay Curran, professor of nursing at Marian University.

* Prah Veluvolu, CEO and co-founder of Mimi.

* La Milonguera Argentine Tango Club will serve as the exhibition act.

For more information, please like TEDxPurdueU on Facebook or follow on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter @TEDxPurdueU.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.   

State Street construction

State Street Redevelopment Project construction will begin again in earnest on March 5, 2018. This work will close portions of Stadium Avenue, McCormick Road, Airport Road and Williams Street and significantly affect surrounding thoroughfares in West Lafayette. For construction and project information, visit www.statestreetwl.com. 

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