TEDx, the independently organized version of TED, is coming to JMU on April 3rd from 5:00pm-7:30pm in the Madison Union Ballroom. For those who don’t know what TED is, TED is a non-profit organization that’s purpose is to spread intellectual ideas and topics through powerful speakers. TED’s slogan, “ideas worth spreading,” accurately describes what it does: enlightens, and in many cases inspires those who watch.

TEDx adopts the spirit of TED but in a localized, independent form, which is coming to JMU in a few days. This TEDx event intends to spark deep discussion and connection between students and speakers.

The speakers include:
Zephan Blaxberg
, a Baltimore videographer and bestselling author who’s work has been featured on CBS News, ABC, NBC, FOX and House of Cards. Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 4.27.04 PM






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Alex Paullin, a 2014 alumnus from the Geographic Science program. Paullin completed a 119-day, 1,500 mile expedition with scientists from National Geographic through Angole, Namibia, and Botswana. He has had many accomplishments and continues to positively impact the global community through environmental activism.


Carole Nash, an Associate Professor in GS and ISAT, and the Director of the Shenandoah National Park Environmental Archaeology Program. Nash is a double-DukeScreen Shot 2017-03-27 at 4.27.27 PM who constantly inspires and builds her students, while fighting to make a more environmentally sustainable world.





Jonathan Stein, is an economics major from Mount Airy, Maryland. He’s heavily involved in extra curricular activities such as: Student Ambassadors, Relief for Refugees, and Madison Economics Club.Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 4.27.34 PM






Raine Wilson is a Freshman from Mechanicsville, VA. She’s heavily involved in the JMU softball team and has helped lead our team to numerous victories.

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To learn more about this event and how to volunteer, visit TEDxJMU.com


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