TEDxRVA set to spread worthwhile ideas

Austin Walker
Spectrum Editor

With the final speaker lineup in place, the international conferences which allows speakers from diverse backgrounds to spread ideas and information is finding a place in Richmond at the Carpenter Theatre.

On Friday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., justice activists, artists and scientists alike will come together for a full day of lecturing, to the theme of this year’s TEDxRVA event “Artful.” The event, with a $50 ticket price, will also feature interactive exhibit by youth artists and food will be provided from a handful of sponsors.

This will be TEDxRVA’s fourth year of talks. Previous TEDx talks have happened around the city, including Virginia Commonwealth University’s own TEDxVCU event, which had its second showing in February of this year.

This year’s TEDxRVA speaker list includes Virginia Commonwealth University’s own John Freyer from the school of photography and film, as well as a performance by VCU’s slam poetry team “Good Clear Sound.”

Other guests include a burlesque performer, special needs advocate Pam Mines and drug intervention specialist Bill Maher.

These independent talks are more frequent and accessible than the larger-scale TED events. The ticket prices for those events often reach hundreds or thousands of dollars, where TEDx events typically stay below a hundred.

Independent talks like TEDxRVA happen all around the world, with prominent members of the community coming to the stage to share interesting and entertaining talents, projects and ventures.

Tickets for this event are on sale, and can be found online through the TEDxRVA website, or purchased at the Carpenter Theatre’s box office at 600 E. Grace St. in downtown Richmond.

Spectrum Editor, Austin Walker

Austin Walker, photo by Brooke MarshAustin is a sophomore print journalism major. He started at the CT as a contributing writer, and frequently covers work done by artists and performers both on and off campus. He hopes to one day be a columnist writing about art that impacts culture, politics and documenting the lives of extraordinary and everyday people. // Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn



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