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TEDxUM: “Encouraging crazy ideas”


TEDxUM, scheduled for all day Friday, April 8, at the Michigan Theatre, expects to draw 1,700 people to campus. TEDxUM, a spin-off from the national movement TED, “aims to bring a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan by showcasing the most fascinating thinkers and doers for a day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art." While all 1,700 seats at the Michigan Theatre are filled, the conference will be streaming live during the day; visit their Web site on April 8 here. During the TEDx event they will be displaying a twitter and facebook feed where people can actively comment and contribute their thoughts about the incredible talks that are going on.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a direct connection to TEDxUM through presenters at the conference. AJ Holmes, Ali Gordon, and Carlos Valdes (pictured, left), musical theatre undergraduates, will stage the first university-sponsored musical, Gibson Fleck, created by students. Donia Jarrar, a master’s student in composition, was born in Kuwait and fled the country during the Gulf War, to Egypt, where her family still resides. During the recent uprising there—and feeling helpless watching it unfold from her apartment in Ann Arbor—Donia started her own blog to translate what she was hearing from friends and loved ones into English. She will speak about her remarkable story.

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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower