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Three Reasons Not to Miss TEDxBoulderWomen on November 2

  • October 25

On Thursday, November 2, the Boulder community will get free viewing rights to TEDWomen2017: Bridges. Three sessions of talks will be livestreamed from the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans to the historic Old Main venue on CU Boulder’s Campus for a unique TEDxBoulderWomen event (get your free tickets here).

As if you needed more convincing, here are three reasons why this event is destined to be amazing:

#1: VIP status for capital F, Free

TEDxBoulder is collaborating with TEDxCU and Boulder Talks to bring this event to you for free! Unlike our event, the in-person TEDWomen conference requires a membership, with a price tag of $2,500. But a chunk of cash isn’t all you need – potential members must apply and be accepted in order to attend the event. You’ll get a front row seat without writing an application, or a check.

#2: Two historic buildings, one timely event

2017 is a crazy time in the world: full of polarization, global divides, and difficult conversations. Yet it’s hard to talk about rebuilding without first thinking about our past – and what better venues to host an event about building bridges than two buildings that have seen a whole lot of history, damage, and repair.

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New Orleans Live Event: Orpheum Theatre

TEDWomen2017 is being hosted at the historic Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1918, the Orpheum hosted vaudeville acts, films, and orchestra performances. It was flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has recently been restored to its original style from 1921.

Boulder Livestream: Old Main

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TedxBoulderWomen is being hosted at Old Main, a building with an equally significant history. Dating back to 1876, Old Main was the first building constructed on campus (a few months before Colorado even became a state). For the first 8 years of CU, Old Main housed all of the classrooms, library, laboratories, and living quarters for the university president, custodian, and their families. In the 1980s Old Main was refurbished and restored to its original charm.

#3: A lineup you don’t want to miss

TEDWomen2017 is focusing on building bridges through entrepreneurship, innovation, activism, and thought leadership. We will be livestreaming three sessions with an incredible lineup of speakers.

Session 1: Connect (10:00am – 11:45am)

This session focuses on rebuilding communities by relating to one another. These speakers show us how forming deep, human connections can transcend race, time, and cultural biases.

A sampling of speakers includes:

  • Azim N. Khamisa & Ples Felix - Azim is a peace activist who immigrated to the U.S. to escape violence in Kenya only to have his son killed by a 14-year-old gang member in the States. Ples is also a peace activist and the grandfather of the 14-year-old child who killed Azim’s 20-year-old son in an act of gang violence.

  • Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi – Two 18-year-old women traveling the country to collect stories about race and publishers of a racial literacy textbook and toolkit for educators.

  • Chris Waddell – Paraplegic athlete who has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and became the best monoskier in the world in the Paralympics.

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Session 2: Suspend (1:15pm – 3:00pm)

This session brings you speakers who didn’t let life’s challenges stop them from becoming passionate, driven, global citizens. When faced with walls (both figuratively and literally) these speakers suspended judgement and chose to create change.

A sampling of speakers includes:

  • Steph Spiers – CEO of Solstice, attempting to bring community solar to every American

  • Teresa Njoroge – After being wrongfully imprisoned in a Maximum Security Prison in Kenya, where she lived with her three-month baby, Teresa became an advocate for social justice.

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Session 3: Burn (4:00pm – 5:45pm)

This session features speakers who refused to accept injustice and inequality. They burnt bridges of violence, hate, and fear and are instead creating new ones for the next generation.

A sampling of speakers includes:

  • Clemantine Wamariya – A refugee who grew up in Rwanda and was displaced across war-torn countries without a formal education before the age of 13, Clemantine graduated from Yale and became the youngest member in history appointed to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

  • Sally Kohn – Former Fox News Contributor, Sally Kohn is an openly gay political commentator working on a book about hate.

  • Justin Baldoni – Actor who you may know from Jane the Virgin who created an organization to improve people’s interactions with those experiencing homelessness.  

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Sounds great right? We can’t wait to see you there!

Register for free tickets.

Public transportation, biking, and parking instructions for Old Main here.

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