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Meet the speakers for TEDxDePaulUniversity's return to campus


The signature circular red carpet is coming back to DePaul for its sixth year. The university will host TEDxDePaulUniversity on Wednesday, May 4 at the School of Music's Holtschneider Performance Center. Tickets will go on sale in March through Eventbrite.  

This year's theme, “Metamorphosis," seeks to inspire speakers and audiences to reflect on the process of transformation from one actuality to another. Whether it's a personal internal change or the evolution of an entire community, “Metamorphosis" captures humanity's commitment to progressive improvement.

The 2022 TEDxDePaulUniversity's speakers are:  

  • Isaiah Boozer, an undergraduate student in The Theatre School
  • Joseph Chen, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Liam Heneghan, a professor and former chair in the College of Science and Health
  • Desirie McKay, a licensed clinical social worker and field education coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 
  • Carlos Roques, an undergraduate student in the College of Computing and Digital Media

The 2022 speakers were chosen from an outstanding and diverse applicant pool. They are students, artists, community leaders, scientists, and champions for mental health and human kindness. Attendees can expect to walk away with inspiration, as well as new perspectives and ideas.   

In the coming weeks, visit the TEDxDePaulUniversity website for information on purchasing tickets, more details on the speakers' topics and the event's schedule.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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