TEDxUCLA to Explore Theme of “TIME” at Royce Hall on May 18th

Spring event brings together innovators from the arts, sciences, sports, industry, and academia to share inspirational talks at UCLA

 LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 13, 2019) – “Time” is the theme at TEDxUCLA.  Its complexity, puzzle, and beauty are explored on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Each short and engaging 18-minute presentation challenges attendees with “big ideas.” TEDxUCLA speakers include scholars, administrators, scientists, athletes, and innovative thinkers.

This year’s TEDxUCLA topics and speakers* are:

  • This is bigger than myself.” From being a champion to launching a revolution to expose sexual abuse.”

Jordyn Wieber, Olympic Gold Medalist

    • “We can revolutionize deep space exploration by launching an atomic clock into space. What might this mean for our next 100 years of space discovery?”

Jill Seubert, Deep Space Navigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • “What happens at the horizon of words? A live performance about Measuring Eternity.”

Creators of Theater, Dance, and Design with musician and collaborator Christoph Bull

Christoph Bull, Alexander Gedeon, Daeun Jung, and Yuki Izumihara

  • “How badly do you want something, and how hard are you willing to work to get it?”

Marques Johnson, Five-Time NBA All-Star

  • “Higher education is about to have Its “Back to the Future” moment—and not everyone should go to college.”

Peter J. Taylor, Trustee, The California State University

  • Causing a death, by accident. Sounds horrible. The survivors often live lives full of regret, shame, and depression. How can you forgive yourself and again find purpose?”

Maryann Jacobi Gray, assistant provost, UCLA Office of the Chancellor

  • “For the next wave of medical treatment, no drugs or surgery is required. How are magnetic fields and non-invasive treatments the future of medicine?”

Andrew Leuchter, M.D, director, Neuromodulation Division, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

  • “Why is physical education a student’s most important subject?”

William E. Simon, Jr., co-founder, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind

  • “We can shut off the part of our brain that maps our world using virtual reality. What might we learn about how we perceive space, time, and brain health along the way?”

Mayank Mehta, professor, UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • “We a have all heard of dog walkers. How about People Walkers? Crazy idea? The more you think about it, the larger the implications.”

Chuck McCarthy, People Walker

  • How do we reframe the way we coach athletes?”

Valorie Kondos Field, head coach, UCLA Gymnastics

  • “How can interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society?”

Shawntel Okonkwo, UCLA Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Biology and Gene Regulation

  •  “You should be wasting time. The value of indulging in playtime and passions.”

Kat Cressida, International voice over talent in the entertainment industry

TEDxUCLA co-curators are Scott Hutchinson, program director, UCLA Extension Visual Arts, and Josh O’Connor, assistant director, UCLA Residential Life.  Greg Germann, actor, and director, serves as a TEDxUCLA advisor and coach.

TEDxUCLA is part of a full schedule of activities for UCLA Alumni Day, as the university prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the granting of its charter.  The “Centennial Celebration” is a 14-month series of events, programs and initiatives taking place at UCLA, throughout Los Angeles and throughout the world.

TEDxUCLA tickets are on sale now. General public admission is $65 at Ticketmaster. UCLA student tickets are $31 with a valid student ID and can be purchased at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (CTO) on the UCLA campus. Ticket fees include the main stage, snack, and adventures.  UCLA Parking is $12. Watch the TEDxUCLA TIME clip.  Visit tedx.ucla.edu.  #AllTheTime.

 About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on  TED.com and other platforms.

Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms. TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

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 *Subject to change.

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Helen Williams
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