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A Summer Unlike Any Other

By Sarah Renee Garner on August 25, 2014 This summer was unlike any other summer. This summer I was able to embark on the most amazing journey that has ever taken place in my life, and that journey was interning at TEDxSMU for 10 weeks. Interning at TEDxSMU has truthfully been one of the greatest [...]

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The Rookie

By Blayke Drury on July 21, 2014 My involvement in TEDxKids@SMU Auditions 2013 started out as a fleeting idea, a suggestion from my Academic Decathlon teachers to take a topic I’d prepared for competition and put it out there for people to hear. I was both shocked and honored to receive an invitation to present [...]

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TEDxSMU on McCuistion TV

The TEDxSMU team was thrilled to be invited to talk TED and TEDx with Dennis McCuistion on McCuistion TV. Joining the discussion in front of a live audience are: Jim Young: TEDxSMU Steering Committee. We first heard of TED Talks from Jim Young, a seasoned TEDSTER. Jim is passionate about TED and the stories and [...]

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My TEDxSMU Triple Crown

By Amit Banerjee on July 16, 2014 It all started with a field trip to the TEDxKids@SMU conference in 2011 with my English class. We were enjoying listening to the speakers while relaxing on giant bean bags. Suddenly, I hear this “If any audience members would like to introduce a speaker, please come backstage during [...]

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My First TEDxSMU Experience

By Heather Hankamer, Director of TEDxSMU & TEDxKids@SMU on July 8, 2014 October 10, 2009 was not a normal Saturday for me. That morning I was making my way to the SMU campus for what I thought was a typical full-day conference. From the first moment I arrived in the Owen Arts Center lobby I knew [...]

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Bringing TED to SMU

By Jim Young on June 29, 2014 High noon.  April 7, 2009.  Gloria’s on Greenville!  It all started there.  Geoffrey Orsak, then Dean of Engineering at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, attended TED 2009, his first TED Conference a month earlier. (I had attended my nineteenth.) TED Curator Chris Anderson had announced at TED 2009 [...]

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My Roller Coaster

By Howard Goldthwaite on June 12, 2014 Two years ago, I was a finalist for TEDxSMU but I didn’t win. It’s a lot of time and work to compete with all the writing and rehearsing, and you really put yourself out there for people to judge. It’s also a letdown when you don’t win, so [...]

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My 6 Minute Experience

By Allison Graham on June 9, 2014 Speaking last Thursday evening with a group of some of the top minds in Dallas proved to be a bit more intimidating than I initially realized. Firstly, all of the speakers were such titans in their fields and all had a firm grasp on their topics with several [...]

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Spring 2014 Update

It maybe Spring Break here in Dallas, but the TEDxSMU team is hard at work polishing up the website and planning our next events! Check out our calendar for the most up-to-date information: TEDxSMU Calendar Join us for a FREE simulcast of the TED conference from March 17 – 21! Register here: TED Live Tickets

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Connect with TEDxSMU!

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