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TEDxPSU Announces Speakers, After Party for 2015 Conference

After much anticipation, TEDxPSU released the complete list of the speakers for its fifth annual conference. The organization revealed individuals weekly beginning in November, including ESPN personality Jemele Hill and Coach James Franklin earlier. Over the past three months, the list has grown to include sixteen speakers.

TEDxPSU’s conference brings individuals from both inside and outside the local community to discuss “ideas worth spreading.” The diverse group of speakers helps to stimulate discussion regarding issues facing our society, as well as new and innovative solutions to these issues. Along with challenging audience members, the talks help to incite change for future. The 2015 theme, Push To Start, centers around “belief in the idea that, as a long as we remember what pushes us, we’ll never fail to start.”

This year’s conference, held on March 1, 2015, will feature speakers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium. For those interested in attending, several VIP packages, as well as free general admission tickets, are still available here. The 2015 conference will also be streamed live on YouTube. After the event, an after party will take place at Levels Nightclub. Push to Start: The After Party will include the executive board, all event attendees and an unannounced musical guest. Tickets to the after party are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the conference.

This year’s 16 speakers are:

Bruce Grierson: Five-time Canadian National Magazine Award-winning feature writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, Eighteen Bridges, The Walrus, Psychology Today, Time Magazine, Scientific American, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

Jemele Hill: columnist, former Detroit Free Press reporter.

Darla Lindberg: A tenured professor at Penn State University who currently holds the Stuckeman Chair of Design Innovation.

Jericho Brown: His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.

Xavier D’Lea: Blogger and businessman, whose content focuses on being black in large cities.

Jane Richlovsky: Nationally recognized artist who used funds to create a haven for artists.

Coach James Franklin: Penn State’s head football coach.

John Roe: British mathematician and editor of the Journal of Noncommutative Geometry and the Journal of Topology.

Scott Fried: Health educator, international public speaker and writer who deals with difficult yet important health topics including eating disorders, suicide, and coming out.

Jeannine Gramick: Roman Catholic religious sister and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights as a co-founder of New Ways Ministry.

Ritesh Agarwal: Indian Material Science Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who built one of the world’s smallest lasers at Harvard.

Meera Dolasia: CEO, Publisher & Editor of DOGO Media, previously a capital manager who was born Kenya.

Chelsea Lauren Carmona: Writer appearing in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She’s currently working on her first book, tentatively titled Escape Artists, about the closing gender gap in addiction.

David Hughes: Assistant professor of entomology and biology at Penn State, studying the subset of parasites that accomplishes its ends by mind control.

Suzy Scherf: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Penn State, expert in understanding how children and adolescents perceive and interpret social signals.

Jeffery Jensen Arnett: Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts who coined the term “emerging adulthood.”

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Alex Calderaro

Alex Calderaro is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management from Central Jersey. As a first generation Penn Stater, she has found a home here in several places, including her sorority, and, of course, Onward State. You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @alexcalderaro.

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