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TEDxDePaulUniversity speakers announced, tickets on sale


TEDx 2020 speakers
(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Tickets for TEDxDePaulUniversity 2020 are now on sale. For the fifth straight year, DePaul will host its annual TEDx event on April 24, 2020, and it will be hosted at the School of Music's Holtschneider Performance Center. Under the theme “The Unexpected," this year's Talks will explore how some of life's most important lessons are the ones that were unforeseen.

To explore the 2020 theme, nine speakers were selected to take the stage's signature circular red carpet. The 2020 speakers are:

  • Will Barefield, assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions and graduate student in the College of Computer and Digital Media
  • Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, faculty member in the School of Music
  • Jamal McPherson, graduate student in the School of Public Service
  • Coya Paz, faculty member in The Theatre School 
  • Priyanka Podjale, undergraduate student in the College of Communication
  • James Sherman, faculty member in The Theatre School 
  • Steve Stoute, chief-of-staff for the Office of the President
  • Ceni de la Torre, ministry coordinator for the Catholic Campus Ministry and 2014 graduate of the College of Communication
  • David Wellman, director of the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy

The impressive group of individuals was chosen from an applicant pool of more than 100. They are activists, risk takers, community leaders, and champions of the arts, diplomacy and human kindness. Attendees can expect “The Unexpected" from each speaker's Talk, and walk away with new perspectives and ideas. To learn more about them, check out their biographies.  

Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for all other attendees. Through Feb. 24, enter promotional code TEDXDPU20 on the Eventbrite site to receive a 20 percent discount.

In the coming weeks, visit the TEDxDePaulUniversity website for new information about the speakers' topics and the event's schedule. Want a behind-the-scenes look as the team prepares for April 24? Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Pope Francis and Daniel Kahneman.