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TEDxDPU 2021 will tackle 'The Unexpected'


2021 TEDxDPU speakers
TEDxDePaulUniversity will host a free online event on May 21 at 11:30 a.m. CT with six DePaul community members exploring the theme, "The Unexpected." (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion) 
​​TEDxDePaulUniversity is back!

The DePaul community, friends and family are invited to register​ for the free online event on May 21 at 11:30 a.m. This year's theme, “The Unexpected," will explore how some of life's most important lessons are the ones that were unforeseen.

About the 2021 speakers

Six DePaul community members were selected to take the stage's signature circular red carpet:

  • Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, faculty, School of Music
  • Jamal McPherson, graduate student, School of Public Service
  • Coya Paz, interim dean, The Theatre School 
  • Priyanka Podjale, 2020 graduate, College of Communication
  • Azucena "Ceni" De La Torre​, ministry coordinator, Catholic Campus Ministry; 2014 graduate, College of Communication
  • David Wellman, director, Grace School of Applied Diplomacy

The group was selected from an applicant pool of more than 100. They are activists, risk takers, community leaders and champions of the arts, diplomacy and human kindness. To learn more about them, check out their bio​graphies

What makes 2021's event unique

TEDxDPU 2021 will be a live online broadcast with guest host Jim Mourey, introducing each talk and providing his own thoughts and feedback on the event. Mourey is an associate professor in the Richard H. Driehaus College of Business. In addition to his job as a faculty member, Mourey teaches improvisational courses and is the creator and director of the podcast, “Brand New Day," and comical web series, “Street Walkers."​

During this year's event, audience members are welcome to participate. Throughout the event, use the hashtag #TEDxDPU on Facebook and Twitter to share your feedback or to ask a question. Mourey may mention your comment live on camera.

As May 21 nears, be sure to keep an eye out on the TEDxDPU website for more information on how to watch the event. To learn more about TEDxDPU, 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, 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 voluntee​rs 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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