Think Tank

TEDxSMU wants you to rethink prison, media and rock-and-roll

TEDxSMU wants you to rethink prison, media and rock-and-roll

Have you ever wondered about slow-motion cinematography, the search for Genghis Khan's tomb or how to become the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Maybe you just want to hear from a real-life "Hin-Jew" (self-assessed term of endearment for being half-Hindu, half-Jewish).

Either way, TEDxSMU has something for you. Actually, it has something for most people. The real question is, will you get a ticket

 TEDxSMU has something for most people. The real question is, will you get a ticket?

Now in its fourth year, TEDxSMU is opening the ticket pool to the general public for the all-day event December 1 at Dallas City Performance Hall. For $150, attendees will be treated to intellectually stimulating presentations from 9 am to 6 pm with food and libations aplenty.  

Speakers ranging from SMU students and professors to Klaudia Oliver, an "ambassador of the cultural zeitgeist," will delight and inform the audience. The one-day annual conference is a joint production between SMU and Dallas IdeaSpace with a mission to promote "ideas worth spreading." This year's theme is re:Think.

If you have a soft/curious spot for prisons like I do, then you'll want to hear from speaker Jeremy Gregg, who won his spot through the open-audition process October 19.

Gregg will present the topic "re:Thinking prisons" and examine the fact that the United States' incarceration rate is higher than any other country in the world. His central question: How can we rethink the prison system from being merely a place of incarceration to becoming a platform for rebuilding lives and communities? 

Tickets can be purchased while supplies last or through November 9, whichever comes first. 

Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher is one of this year's speakers at TEDxSMU.  Photo courtesy of Helen Fisher
Louie Schwartzberg
Louis Schwartzberg is a slow-motion cinematographer and a veteran TED speaker.  Photo courtesy of Louie Schwartzberg