Big ideas pour in with applicants for TEDxFIU

More than 100 students, alumni and professors have applied to reimagine the possible as a speaker at this year’s TEDxFIU.

The call for applications ended on Sept 13. Now TEDxFIU organizers and curators will get to work selecting speakers for the Nov. 7 event. The theme for this year is Reimagine Possible.

tedxfiuwpThe applicants have ideas spanning a wide range of topics, from the intersection of physics and art, to health disparities in South Florida to the unlikely partnership between a surgeon and a petroleum engineer. Some applicants want to share their personal stories of overcoming hardship or finding their true purpose. Others are eager to show the audience new ways of thinking about issues like transportation, healthy eating and the American Dream.

Eight speakers will be chosen by the TEDxFIU Curators: External Relations Senior Vice President Sandy Gonzalez-Levy; External Relations Vice President Terry Witherell; Associate Provost Elizabeth Bejar; and two speakers from last year: Professor Richard Olson and engineering undergraduate Ximena Prugue.

The speakers will be announced Sept. 30, the same day tickets go on sale. Tickets to this year’s event at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center are $25.

TEDxFIU is an independently organized TED event. To receive regular updates about the event and ticket distribution, sign up for our mailing list on the TEDxFIU page.

Feel free to contact TEDxFIU organizers Eduardo Merille or Deborah O’Neil at with any questions or suggestions.


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