TEDxSMU Lineup Revealed

TEDxSMU 2014 speakers include rock 'n' roll insiders, superbug scientists and flamenco dancers

TEDxSMU reveals speakers for Strangely Familiar 2014 edition

Greg Harris
Greg Harris is the president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. His presentation, “Our Soundtrack,” will share the inside story of the songs and artifacts that define us. Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Alexander McLean
Alexander McLean is the founder of the Africa Prisons Project, a Uganda-based organization working to improve the lives of men, women and children living in African prisons.  Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Kelly Stoetzel
SMU alumna Kelly Stoezel is director of content for TED and the longtime host of TEDxSMU with slam poet Rives. Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Ben McAllister
Ben McAllister is the senior creative director at Comcast. He will speak on the topic "The Science of Good Design: A Dangerous Idea." Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Kevin Judice
Founder of K2 Therapeutics, Kevin Judice pursues medical treatments for antibiotic-resistant superbugs.   Photo courtesy of TEDxSMU
Greg Harris
Alexander McLean
Kelly Stoetzel
Ben McAllister
Kevin Judice

Big idea conference TEDxSMU has announced its 2014 speaker lineup. The selection of scholars, performers and musicians will offer their take on the theme "Strangely Familiar" on November 1 at Dallas City Performance Hall.

The day-long conference begins at 9 am and runs until 6 pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided, along with ample breaks conducive to conversations. Tickets, which cost $150 and include access to the after-party, can be purchased online

Now in its sixth year, TEDxSMU has morphed into much more than merely a one-day experience. 

“Whatever we thought we were starting with TEDxSMU in 2009, we know now that it has been the catalyst for an entire community of people who are looking for new ways to view the world,” director Heather Hankamer said in a release.

In addition to the signature annual conference, TEDxSMU holds idea salons throughout the year. Plus, Hankamer said the open auditions for a spot in the main conference and TEDxKids@SMU “have taken on a life of their own” and are increasingly popular. 

“The sense of adventure we felt that first year just keeps going,” she said. 

Without further ado, here's the full list of speakers:

Dale Carman
Founder, Reel FX Creative Studios

Dr. Deborah Clegg
Expert in fat cell biology
Associate professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Cindy Dyer
Human rights activist, Vital Voices

Janeil Engelstad
Founder, Make Art With Purpose

FIRST Robotic Team 2848
World championship Jesuit robotics team

Howard Goldthwaite
Writer, creative director and banjo player

Allison Graham
Head of production, Alpha Girl Productions

Greg Harris
President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Larry Hass
Magician and professor, Austin College

Kevin Judice
Founder, Cidara Therapeutics

Ben McAllister
Senior creative director, Comcast

Alex McLean
Founder, African Prisons Project

Megna Murali
Sophomore, SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Tadd Myers
Photographer, American Craftsman Project

Satya Nitta
Program leader, IBM T J Watson Research Center

Maurizio Porfiri
Professor and robotics expert, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Tomicah Tillemann
Senior advisor for Civil Society & Emerging Democracies, U.S. Department of State

Kelly Stoetzel
Content Director, TED