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TEDx Coming to Claremont Colleges on Sept. 29

The second TEDxClaremontColleges conference comes to the campuses on Saturday, Sept. 29. The all day event will feature 16 speakers and performers discussing “ideas worth spreading,” in talks of 18 minutes or less.

Under the theme “transforming expectations,” speakers will address topics ranging from the impact of expressing appreciation, how we make decisions when facing a crisis, simplicity, ways to create social change, what it means to look and feel healthy, happiness, and ways to raise personal awareness, to how to connect K12 classrooms around the world and partisan thinking and how to move toward a more productive government. The event includes scheduled breaks for attendees to interact with each other as well as the speakers.

Connie Wu '13, has been working on publicity for this year's event. "There’s nothing quite like a TED event, and the atmosphere at the Claremont Colleges really complements what TED is all about," she says. "I attended last year's event and really enjoyed Karl Haushalter’s talk on HIV/AIDS. He's actually a professor at HMC, and he was mingling with the attendees during the intermission. It was great to be able to speak with him and ask him more about his cause and projects. [This year], if you look at the speakers list, you will see a great variety of topics as well as representation from the 5Cs."

This year’s conference will be held at Garrison Theatre (Scripps College, 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for students of the Claremont Colleges and $50 for faculty, staff and community members, plus a small service charge. Lunch is included. To purchase tickets, visit

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading." Started as an annual four-day conference 25 years ago, the annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share their ideas, and then makes their talks available for free at TEDx events are independently organized events to bring people together to spark deep discussions and share a TED-like experience.