Discussing ‘The Everyday Extraordinary’

UC Riverside students are holding a TEDx event Saturday that will bring together a dancer, doctor, machinist and several professors

Philip Vieira, organizer of the TEDxUCR event

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A dancer, a doctor, a machinist and professors of psychology, philosophy and engineering are among the speakers at a TEDx event planned by a group of University of California, Riverside students on campus Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event is independently organized by TEDxUCR, a group of about 20 UC Riverside students, and licensed by TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” The organization, which started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, has drawn speakers including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Jane Goodall.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

The TEDxUCR event, with the theme “The Everyday Extraordinary,” runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in rooms 205/206 in Winston Chung Hall (formerly Engineering Building II). It is open to public, but, to keep conversation intimate, space is limited to 100 participants. Tickets are $7.

“The diverse environment of UCR is ripe with ideas worth spreading,” said Philip Vieira, organizer of TEDxUCR and a psychology Ph.D. student. “At last, the Inland Empire will have a public forum for discussing the everyday extraordinary.”

Speakers at the event include: Robert Levine, a professor of psychology at Cal State University Fresno; Lawrence Rosenblum, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside; Brain Keeley, a professor of philosophy at Pitzer College in Claremont; Eric Schwitzgebel, a professor of philosophy at UC Riverside.

Dr. Paul Eric Lyons, a senior associate dean of the planned UC Riverside School of Medicine; Julie Simon, founder of Tropicaleiza Dance Company in San Francisco; Phillip Christopher, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at UC Riverside; and Gene Sherman, a machinist and fabricator who is a lab manager in the mechanical engineering department at UC Riverside will also speak.

Each of the speakers will talk for 18 minutes or less. There will also be breaks for conversation and videos of previous TEDTalks that tie in with the theme “The Everyday Extraordinary.”

For more information about the event or to register visit: http://www.engr.ucr.edu/~swe/TEDxUCR/. Parking is $5.

NOTE: Members of the press are not allowed to take pictures of or film/videotape this TEDx event.

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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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