WSU Hosts First TEDx Talks with ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

OGDEN, Utah – Nine presenters will share a few “Ideas Worth Spreading” during Weber State University’s first TEDx Talks. The event — an independently organized, local version of the popular TED Talks series — will take place during two sessions on Feb. 28.

Tickets to the event in the Val A. Browning Center’s Eccles Theater are gone, but those wishing to catch the talks in real time can watch them live on screens in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union food court, Weber State Downtown and WSU Davis Building 2.

The WSU Teaching and Learning Forum, which organized the event, also will have a link to the live recordings at The recording eventually will be archived on the site under the name TEDxWeberStateUniversity.

Presenters will include WSU President Charles A. Wight and X96 “Radio from Hell” personality and WSU alumnus Bill Allred, as well as physics professors Stacy Palen and Adam Johnston, assistant communication professor Sarah Steimel and assistant professional sales professor Tim Border. India Nielson, Mandie Barnes and Stuart Call, interns at the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service at WSU, also will talk about the value of internships. The first session, featuring Wight, Johnston, Border and the three interns, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. The second session, featuring Palen, Steimel and Allred, is scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m.

Ryan Thomas, WSU associate provost and dean of undergraduate studies, said TEDx Weber State University will showcase what the university does best: drawing faculty, students and community together.

“It reflects who we are and opens the door for us to participate in a number of similar events in the future,” he said.

 TED, standing for Technology, Engineering and Design, began in 1984 as a conference that congregated professionals from those fields. Since then, it has grown into a renowned nonprofit organization that features several media initiatives, including TED Talks — talks from societal and industry leaders that last no longer than 18 minutes. The organization’s slogan is “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

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