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TED talks have a long history of highlighting “Ideas Worth Spreading” across the globe, with speakers giving short, impactful talks in diverse disciplines including technology, education, and design. The international TED Talk phenomenon has inspired thousands of locally-organized “TEDx” events where local communities gather to share big ideas.Tedx

On September 27, members of the Ypsilanti community are invited to share their ideas this year at the third annual TEDxYDL, which will be co-hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library, the Riverside Arts Center, and Engage @ EMU. The event will feature the best ideas and stories from the Ypsilanti area, shared in 5-10 minute talks.

Applications are being accepted now for speakers. Please apply by July 29.

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The theme for this year’s discussion is mobility. “We encourage people to interpret the theme broadly,” says Gillian Ream Gainsley of the Ypsilanti District Library. “Ypsilanti is obviously a mobility center with our ties to the auto industry, local residents have mobilized to fight injustice and discrimination, and individuals have found ways to overcome obstacles and move through life.”  Potential speakers are invited to apply online up until July 29, 2018. Up to 10 speakers will be chosen to speak at the event. Last year, more than 70 people applied.

The YDL is proud to hold this event for its third year in a row. Last year, 9 speakers shared their thoughts and experiences under the theme of interdependence. Topics ranged from hidden homelessness on college campuses, to global trade relationships, to the intersection of art and science.

TEDxYDL will take place on Thursday, September 27, at 7 pm at Riverside Arts Center. There will be a reception following the discussion. This event will be a free of charge and open to the public. Tickets will be available in early September for advance seating.

For speaker applications, event details, and more information visit

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About TEDx: 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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.