TEDxLSU returns to Baton Rouge in 2017 with ‘chain reaction’ theme

A total of 13 speakers will take the stage at TEDxLSU next year as the event showcasing “ideas worth spreading” returns to Baton Rouge for a fifth year with a “chain reaction” theme.

“This year’s theme has been a fun exploration for our team and it’s going to be incredible to see it play out on the 2017 TEDx stage,” says Rebecca Burdette, director of LSU CxC and co-founder of TEDxLSU, in a prepared statement.

Speakers for the 2017 TEDxLSU, which will take place on March 11, were unveiled last night during a private reveal party. They include Lauren Pharr, Quiana Lynell, Cynthia Peterson, Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore, Gaby González, Jay Ducote, Tiffany Stewart, Wayne Newhauser, Sandra Parks, Naci Mocan, Chris Dykes, Ahsennur Soysal and Howard Hall. See bios of all of the speakers.

TEDxLSU will take place for the fifth year in a row. The theme is “chain reaction,” an ode to the domino effects that occur when an initial idea or experience sparks another.

“It’s been exciting to see the chain reactions happening within the line-up itself,” says Burdette. “We knew about some of these as we were building the line-up and planned them with intention, but there are others that were more organic. I suppose that’s the true power of chain reactions.”

Modeled after the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences held twice annually, TEDx events are independent and self-organized around the country and globe, with all of them focused on “ideas worth spreading.” At the events, speakers are encouraged to give the “talks of their lives” on a variety of topics.

Next year’s TEDxLSU will take place from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the LSU Union Theater. Early bird tickets are available through Dec. 9 for $55, and the price goes up to $65 thereafter. Tickets for high school and college students are $25, while LSU faculty and staff can get in for $35. Get tickets and complete event details.

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