Second Annual TEDxIWU Event, "Becoming Human," Set for March 23

Teresa Banks '13 spoke at TEDxIWU in 2018.

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois Wesleyan University will host the second annual TEDxIWU event on its campus March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Designed to highlight the innovative spirit of the campus and Bloomington-Normal community, the event will bring together IWU students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to share their best ideas.

Interested attendees must apply to participate in the limited-space TEDxIWU event. Reservations are available at This event is free and open to the public.

Innovators scheduled to appear at TEDxIWU include:
● Nicole Jovicevic ’15, “Why do I want to die? The transformative process of owning your truth”
● Dr. Wendy Kooken, “Right in front of our eyes: Seeing people who are homeless”
● Cindi Perrine ’88, “How stories can make us human”
● Isaac Simmons ’20, “Bridging thought: My idea to yours”
● Hailey Thomas, “Local Superheroes Needed: Beat distraction, complete your mission”
● Niyant Vora ’19, “‘You're crazy!’ How language affects our understanding of mental illnesses”
● Amanda Wesche ’20, “Excellent mistakes: Failure doesn’t need to be a learning moment”

Bevin Choban '10, Action Research Center Coordinator, is organizing the event along with a team of campus leaders. ARC spearheads campus-community innovation, so TEDx grew from ongoing courses and projects.

“We enjoyed a warm reception from the Bloomington-Normal community for our inaugural event last year. It’s exciting to continue this tradition of ideas and dialogue on campus,” said Choban.

Attendees will also be invited to contribute to an interactive art display before, during and after the event. To reserve your free ticket and to learn more about this event, visit the TEDxIWU website, You can also find TEDxIWU on Facebook.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDx
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.


*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.