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February 22, 2011
Lucy Kragness, Assistant to the Chancellor, 218-726-6176, lkragnes@d.umn.edu
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TEDxUMD Presents a Marathon Day of Ideas

The University of Minnesota Duluth will host an 11-hour marathon of ideas for the academic community and the public on Tuesday, March 1, as the first event of Inauguration Week for Chancellor Lendley C. Black.

The free event, called TEDxUMD, is expected to have about 25 speakers, mostly from the UMD community, who will talk about ideas as varied as mothers' hopes for their children and exploiting chaos in the solar system. Presenters will include UMD faculty, students, staff and alumni. The final speakers of the day, state Senator Roger Reinert, St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O'Neil, Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Chancellor Black, will talk about UMD as a citizen of the state, region, city and world.

TEDxUMD is an independently organized event of video and live speakers that is licensed by TED Talks, an international nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. Each 15-minute talk at UMD will be presented to an audience and also recorded and uploaded to www.TED.com for later viewing.

The TEDxUMD event will be held in three sessions, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center lounge on campus. TEDxUMD talks will include these speakers:

Members of the public are encouraged to attend TEDxUMD presentations throughout the day and evening.

For information about other Inaugural Week events March 1-5, including the March 4 inaugural ceremony visit Inauguration Week Events.


UMD is a comprehensive university - part of the University of Minnesota system - that offers 13 bachelor degrees in 74 majors. UMD has a two-year medical school and a College of Pharmacy among its graduate programs in 24 fields. Fall 2010 enrollment in all UMD programs was nearly 11,800 students.

UMD ranks among the top universities the country for its commitment Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs. The University is also leader in American Indian education, with nearly 20 related campus programs, including strong programs in medicine. The Center for Freshwater Research and Policy and the Large Lakes Observatory contribute to the university's international reputation for comprehensive research in freshwater.

UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.


TEDxUMD Talks Schedule, Kirby Student Center Lounge March 1, 2011



Prerecorded TEDTalks




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