TEDxSMULive 2016

Please join us February 15th – 19th for a full week of simulcast talks live from TED 2016!

FREE and open to the  SMU community! Join us for one talk, one session or the whole week and bring a friend! Sessions, times and speakers listed below.

Location: Caruth Institute in Caruth Hall, suite 253 on the SMU campus

*Please note that we will be in the Armstrong Commons Classroom for a special kick-off dinner and Session 1 watch party!


Monday, February 15th: Armstrong Commons Classroom

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm TEDxSMU Student Dinner

Join us for dinner to meet the TEDxSMU team and Young Fellows before the first session.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Session 1: Our tomorrow

Ishita Katyal Writer
Astro Teller Entrepreneur, inventor, author
Riccardo Sabatini Scientist, entrepreneur
AR Rahman Composer, musician
Dan Pallotta Charity defender
Shonda Rhimes Writer and producer
Bill T. Jones Director/choreographer, dancer



Tuesday, February 16th: Caruth Institute, main level of Caruth Hall

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Session 2: Radical repatterning

Adam Savage Maker, critical thinker
Cédric Villani Mathematician
Haley Van Dyck Disrupter
So Percussion Percussion ensemble
Joe Gebbia Designer, cofounder, Airbnb
Travis Kalanick Problem solver-­in-­chief, Uber

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Session 3: Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity

Wanda Diaz Merced Sonic astrophysicist
Joseph Ravenell Men’s health advocate
Michael Sng Toy designer
Holly Cohen Occupational therapist, tinkerer
Franz Freudenthal Pediatric cardiologist
Blitz the Ambassador Afrobeat/hip-hop artist
Ameera Ahmad Fixer
Mae Jemison Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator



4:15 pm – 6:00 pm Session 4: Lifehacks

Allan Adams Theoretical physicist
Tim Urban Blogger, cartoonist
Adam Grant Organizational psychologist
Brian Little Personality researcher
John McWhorter Linguist
Noah Zandan Data scientist
Kio Stark Stranger enthusiast



7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Session 5: Deep memory

Norman Lear Television producer, activist
Kenneth Lacovara Paleontologist
Tabetha Boyajin Astronomer
Silk Road Ensemble Musical explorers
Sarah Parcak Satellite archaeologist + TED Prize winner


Wednesday, February 17th: Caruth Institute, main level of Caruth Hall

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Session 6: Code

Linus Torvalds Software engineer
Reshma Saujani Education activist
Mary Norris Copy editor
R. Luke DuBois Artist, composer, engineer
Meron Gribetz Augmented reality stratup CEO
Raffaello D’Andrea Autonomous systems pioneer


1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Session 7: Imagine there’s no country

Parag Khanna Global strategist
Amit Sood Technologist
Dalia Mogahed Muslim studies scholar
Hugh Evans Humanitarian
Christiana Figueres Climate advocate

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Session 8: Nightmare?

Al Gore Climate advocate
Andrew Youn Anti-hunger activist
Jennifer Kahn Science journalist
Rhiannon Giddens Musician
Dan Gross Gun-control activist
Michael Murphy Designer


Thursday, February 18th: Caruth Institute, main level of Caruth Hall

*All sessions on Thursday are FREE and open to anyone in the Dallas community as well as SMU!

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Session 9: Outside the box

Arthur Brooks Social scientist, author
Adam Foss Juvenile justice reformer
John Legend Singer, musician, composer
Lidia Yuknavitch Author
Moran Cerf Brain hacker
Alex Kipman Inventor

4:15 pm – 6:00 pm Session 10: The dreams that define us

Mariano Sigman Neuroscientist
Siyanda Mohutsiwa Writer, satirist
Linsey Pollak Musician, instrument maker, composer
Judit Polgár Chess grandmaster
Kang Lee Developmental researcher
Angélica Dass Artist and photographer

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Session 11: Fantasists and catalysts

Chris Milk Immersive storyteller
Uri Hasson Neuroscientist
Alice Rawsthorn Design critic
EL VY Musical Group
Monica Byrne Author and playwright


Friday, February 19th: Caruth Institute, main level of Caruth Hall

11:30 am – 2:00 pm Session 12: Wake Up!

Tshering Tobgay Prime minister of Bhutan
Sue Desmond-Hellmann CEO, Gates Foundation
Stephen Wilkes Narrative photographer
Alexander Betts Forced migration researcher
Courtney E. Martin Writer and entrepreneur
Casey Gerald American
Julia Sweeney Actor, comedian, playwright


*TEDxLive is an extension of the TEDx program, launched by TED in 2010. TEDxLive events are TEDx events built around the live webcast of TED Conferences. TEDxLive events enable TED enthusiasts all over the world to experience live sessions of the TED Conference. Some are simple viewing events, and some host live speakers.