TEDx heading back to TCU


    Last year’s “Responsible Citizenship” program was enough to bring TEDxTCU back to campus for one more year.

    The TEDxTCU Twitter page announced the 2014 lineup in late February and live speeches will be presented on Tuesday.

    TED is a “platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum,” according to the website.

    “Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world,” the website read.

    TEDx rules stipulate that TCU must reapply for an event each year.

    This year’s organizers have used social media to advertise and select speakers for the event. In December, they announced that the event would come back to campus via their Twitter page, and video applications were due in early February. Final selections were announced February 26.

    This year’s theme is “Change.”

    According to the official TED event page, there will be six total speakers:

    Crichelle Brice, a first-year anthropology major; Kyle Cochran, an admissions counselor and recent TCU graduate; Michael DeCoursey, a senior theater major; Ircilia Inacio, a sophomore economics major; Shelby Tsuji, a junior film-television-digital media major; and Josh Wolf, an graduate student in experimental psychology.

    “I believe I was chosen as a speaker because I have a controversial message. I am here to challenge my audience, which is part of what TED is all about,” DeCoursey said.

    “TEDxTCU is important because these talks make big impressions. TED talks often go viral and spark attention to important and valuable topics that are so relevant to our society and the global community,” said Tsuji.

    Speakers will take the stage April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union.

    The event has filled its small 70-seat capacity but entrance for a live stream viewing at the BLUU Auditorium is still available. Individuals can also watch the live stream from home.