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Call for student entertainers for 2020 TEDxDPU

The Fullertones perform “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen at the 2019 TEDx event. (Jeff Carrion/DePaul University)
The Fullertones performed “You Will Be Found” from the musical "Dear Evan Hansen" at the 2019 TEDx event. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
Looking for a circular red carpet to belt out a tune? Searching for a spotlight to perform your choreography? 

TEDxDePaulUniversity is seeking student performers and student groups to perform between several of the talks at the April 24 event. Each performance segment will be three-to-five minutes long. The 2020 TEDx event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Holtschneider Performance Center. Speakers were announced last week

Interested students and groups should use this year’s theme, “The Unexpected,” as inspiration for their act. To be considered, applicants can submit the following information to by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6

  • A three-to-five minute video of the proposed performance 
  • A two-to-three sentence summary explaining why the act would be a good addition to the event 
Selected entertainers will have the opportunity to perform in front of an anticipated audience of 400, including DePaul students, faculty and staff, and local community members. They will also be included in the event’s promotional materials and receive professional photos of their performance. 

Selected students and groups will be notified by email in mid-March. For questions, please email and learn more about this year’s event in Newsline.

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.