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Applications For TEDx Talks at Northwestern Due Feb. 26

One-minute videos on ideas for talks and answers to essay questions required

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University students, staff, faculty, alumni and the general public are invited to submit applications by Feb. 26 to be considered as speakers at the University’s second annual daylong TEDx conference.

“TEDx NorthwesternU 2015” will be held May 9 in the McCormick Foundation Center Forum on the Evanston campus, and its theme is “Beautiful Chaos.”

Applications must include a one-minute video about the idea for the talk and answers to two brief essay questions. More information on the application process can be found here.

Founded in 1984 and run by the non-profit Sapling Foundation, TED is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The conference originally focused on technology, entertainment and design and today covers an expansive range of topics -- from science to business to global issues -- in more than 100 languages.

Independently run, TEDx talks, too, help share new ideas in communities around the globe.

“We are again looking forward to fostering new ideas in our own Northwestern community following last year’s successful inaugural TEDx conference,” said Peter Civetta, director of the University’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

Emilie Greenberg, a junior in the Weinberg College or Arts and Sciences, and Nikita Ramanujam, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, are serving as student organizers of the event.

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