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The popular TED Talks are coming to Lakeland University.

Lakeland will host its inaugural TEDx event on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The theme will be “The Other Side,” and Charlie Krebs, assistant professor of theater and speech, is organizing the event.

The event will be filmed, and only 100 people are allowed in the theatre at a time.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan ideas worth spreading.

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.

Lakeland’s TEDx events will include a mix of live presenters and a screening of TED Talks videos intended to spark deep conversation. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.

Lakeland becomes one of just four TEDx universities in the state, joining UW-Madison, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Eau Claire, and one of just six TEDx locations in the state.

Anyone interested in speaking who has questions should contact Krebs at . Potential speakers can also submit a proposal here.

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