Danielle Kreider
Assoc. News Editor

Millersville University’s Ware Center will be hosting TEDxLancaster on Saturday, May 3. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video combine with live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = ‘independently organized TED event.’

This will be a day of dialogue and networking centered around the theme “Break New Ground.” It will feature an incredible line-up of speakers on topics ranging from innovations in education to health to technology and the arts. The one hundred attendees will have an opportunity to network at an on-site lunch event. Also, the event will be live broadcast at Millersville University at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center for free.

Laura Kendall, Harvey Owen and a committee of community volunteers organized the independently produced event, operated under a license from TED. It is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. 

Laura Kendall, Harvey Owen and other Lancastrians organized an independent TED talk. It will take place at the Ware Center on Saturday, May 3.
Laura Kendall, Harvey Owen and other Lancastrians organized an independent TED talk. It will take place at the Ware Center on Saturday, May 3.

Tickets go on sale for the event at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, and only 100 tickets are available. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes entrance and lunch. Those who wish to attend can purchase only two tickets at a time on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.tedxlancaster.com. If you are a student or in need of a scholarship, please contact: Laura.kendall@millersville.edu for an application to waive the ticket price.

Schedule for the event is as follows: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: coffee and networking, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. speakers, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: lunch, networking and roundtable discussions. Speakers and performers include: Mark Pontz, Emcee- a mortgage banker in Lancaster County whose passion for blending old and new medias led him to launch Fine Living Lancaster magazine in 2007. In 2013, the brand grew to include both BUZZ and Taysted. 

Charlie Reisinger- IT Director for Penn Manor School District who has recently implemented the largest open source student 1:1 laptop program in Pennsylvania. Mark Yim- a professor at UPenn in Mechanical Engineering, his group at UPenn has developed flying robots and self-assembling floating platforms. He is also working on an innovative elbow-less robotic arm. 

Dr. Kevin Strauss- holds a medical degree from Harvard University and is board certified in pediatrics, and as Medical Director, he oversees clinical services and research at the Clinic for Special Children and has helped to publish over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Teman Cooke- holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his firm belief that science can be both accessible and fun has permeated his research, teaching, and writing. 

Lauren Chaby- a Lancaster native who is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at Penn State and currently studying the impacts of developmental stress on behavior and neuroendocrinology. Craig Deitz- a motivational speaker who was born without limbs, but has learned to live life to its fullest, and despite physical challenges, earned a law degree and has become a celebrated distance swimmer, gaining recognition as an ESPN featured athlete. 

Michael Schroeder- most notably an Assistant Professor of History at Lebanon Valley College, as well as Co-President of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association and the Executive Director of the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum. Melanie Snyder serves as Executive Director of the Lancaster County RMO, with a focus on our criminal justice system and how it impacts victims, offenders, families and communities. Additionally, she is the author of the book “Grace Goes to Prison.”

Stacey Irwin- Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University, teaching classes such as Public Speaking and Leadership; her first book, “Digital Media: Human Media Relations,” will be published in early 2015.

Robin Spielberg- has performed in concert halls throughout the United States and South Korea, where she earned fame for her music on a hit television show, “A Winter’s Sonata,” and is also the National Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association, giving lectures and workshops on music therapy in schools, nursing homes and community centers while on tour.

For more information about the event, visit www.tedxlancaster.com, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDxLancasterPA. To be included as a sponsor of the event, contact Laura Kendall at laura.kendall@millersville.edu.