TEDx Talk to 'bring ideas worth spreading' to Valparaiso University

A speaker addresses the TEDxCountyLineRoad in 2015. TEDxValparaisoUniversity returns for a third year in January.

A TEDx Talk will bring "ideas worth spreading" to Valparaiso University in January.

In its third year, TEDxValparaisoUniversity – a locally organized event modeled after the popular TED Talks that have been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube – will take place from 4  to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive. Speakers Charles Carter, Cody Cotton, Ayah Chehade, Chad Chenowith, Christopher Drapeau, Carolina Herrera, Suzanne Kawamleh, Faisal Kutty, Han Suk Lee, Katherine Matthews, Daina Mueller, Kristine Tarmann and Philip Woodward will discuss the topic "Why Not Today" in dynamic talks of less than 18 minutes that will later be published online as short videos.

"This year’s TEDx event is designed to explore the power of creation and innovation to bring together a diversity of people, cultures and concepts to create real-world change," Valparaiso University said in a news release. "Presentations will explore how we as individuals and as a community have the capacity to stimulate change if we dare. We can build a better world through purposeful dialogue and seizing opportunity to take action."

Speakers include Valparaiso University students, faculty and alumni, as well as entrepreneurs and area residents.

The event is free, but requires tickets, a portion of which will be reserved for the general public.

People can go online to reserve tickets starting at 8 a.m. Friday. 

For more information, visit tedxvalparaisouniversity.com.

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