The University of Richmond’s first-ever TEDx event, “Explore,” will be held on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live, TED-like talks on a chosen theme are shared with the community. These “x” events are planned and coordinated independently of TED and are meant to provoke thought.

The 100 student tickets available for the event sold out in about four minutes.

Sophomore and curator of the event Daniel Yoo wanted to bring TEDx to campus during his first year at Richmond, so he gathered a group of student volunteers to begin planning. The organizers selected “Explore” as UR’s theme to intentionally allow its six speakers the freedom of interpretation.

Speakers include:

  • Tracy Evans, three-time Olympian and recipient of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athlete of Excellence award.
  • Andy Stefanovich, thought leader and consultant for many Fortune 50 leaders.
  • Martha Merritt, dean of international education at UR and founder of multiple education programs across the globe.

“We all felt that a TEDx event at UR would be rewarding for us individually, for our fellow students and for the university as a whole,” said David Painter, one of the student volunteers. “We also hoped to provide an event that would encourage excitement around campus, and one that would inspire and interest students as well.”

The organizers plan to make TEDxUniversityOfRichmond an annual event.


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