May 22, 2019

Salem State University’s Second TEDx Event will Explore Mindfulness and Transformation

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Salem State held its inaugural TEDx event in September 2018

SALEM, MA – Ten Salem State University faculty members will present at the university’s second TEDx event. TEDxSalemStateUniversity will be held on Sunday, September 22, from 1 to 4 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts. The event’s theme is “Mindfulness and Transformation.”

“Our inaugural event was held last fall and was a great success. The event sold out quickly and we discovered a strong desire for the campus and greater community to come together for inspired and thought-provoking conversation,” says Provost and Academic Vice President David J. Silva.

“As a public institution of higher learning, we are excited to offer opportunities for this type of meaningful community engagement,” he added, “and as Provost, I am particularly excited that our faculty thought-leaders are spearheading the way.”

Speakers and Topics

“Gladys Palmer and the Transformation of Women’s College Sports,” Brad Austin, history

“What Running Taught Me About Grief, Fear, and Black Women,” Tiffany Gayle Chenault, sociology

“Act One: My Unique Relationship with Gumby,” Jeff Driskell, social work

“Talking Mindfully About Whiteness,” Neenah Estrella-Luna, sociology

“Want to Transform Schools, Communities, and Yourself? Think Like a Coach!,” Jacy Ippolito, secondary and higher education

“Embodied Mindfulness: Dancing Our Way to Transformation,” Meghan McLyman and Betsy Miller, music and dance

“Contemplative Pedagogy: Cultivating Critical Awareness, Clarity and Presence in a Time of Distraction,” Steven Thurston Oliver, secondary and higher education

“How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Think About Writing,” Alexandria Peary, English

“Transforming Views: Mindful Garment Making,” Amy Smith, media and communication

Tickets will go on sale June 17, 2019.

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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, 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. For more information about this event, visit this link, or visit the TED website for more information on upcoming conferences here.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED

Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

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About Salem State University

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a silver seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.