Elizabeth Hansen Staff Writer On September 9th, the fifth annual TEDX Salt Lake City event was held. TEDX are independently organized TED events that feature expert speakers from all fields that are sharing “ideas worth spreading”. This year the TEDX event featured talks and performances on topics ranging from the science of dating to global blindness to body image to soilets (toilets that break down waste using worms). This year over 300 people applied and were eventually narrowed down to 20 speakers and performers.
Michael Murray, a luthier (violin maker), spoke on how quality affects everything using an example of a lower quality violin vs. a higher quality one. The difference in sound was remarkable. The higher quality violin had a unique richness to sound that the lower quality one just didn’t have. “I love this event,” said Marianne Christian, an audience member. Christian happens to be the mother of last year’s TEDX youth speaker, Piper Christian, an LHS student. If you want to watch Piper’s talk click here.
Dr. Lindsay Kite was the last speaker of the day. Her and her identical twin sister, Lexie, started a nonprofit in 2009 called Beauty Redefined after getting their PHDs in media and body image. It works to change the conversation surrounding body image and teaches girls and women that they are MORE that beautiful. Their mantra is “Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.”
A full day of ideas can be almost over whelming, but the impact of that knowledge is amazing. Hearing talks from a variety of speakers all with different and unique backgrounds is eye-opening. TEDX USU will happen on October 27th in Daines Concert Hall at 6pm. Tickets will go on sale on September 20, 2017, at 11:00 AM on the Caine College of the Arts Box Office website. Tickets are only available online and are $25.