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Tickets for TEDxStanford 2014 go on sale April 7

The popular and thought-provoking short talk and performance event returns to the CEMEX stage this year on May 10, with the theme "Above and Beyond."

Tickets for TEDxStanford will go on sale online April 7 at 10 a.m. Based on the success of the event in the past two years, tickets are likely to go fast, according to producer and organizer Melinda Sacks.

This year's TEDxStanford, which will be held Saturday, May 10, is themed "Above and Beyond." The title reflects the range of speakers, who will take the CEMEX Auditorium audience from the depths of the oceans to learn more about extreme creatures to the heights of scientific exploration for a look into the structure and evolution of the universe.

Sacks, director of media initiatives in Stanford's Office of Public Affairs, said TEDxStanford 2014 will also be available via livestream video for those unable to attend in person.

"For this third year of TEDxStanford, we have an incredible lineup of presenters and performers, ranging from a double lung transplant recipient who plays the bagpipes to a plastic surgeon who will discuss how we decide what is beautiful," Sacks said. "We also have an amazing array of performance offerings, including flutes, Latin dance, gospel, computer music and hip-hop."

Co-hosts this year will be alumni Sheila Dharmarajan, a reporter for CNBC, and David Hornik, a venture capitalist.  Hornik has hosted all three TEDxStanford events to date.

Sacks said TEDxStanford aims to feature a diverse blend of faculty, alumni and students who cover a wide range of subject areas.

Among the student speakers this year is Julia Landauer, a championship-winning professional racecar driver majoring in science, technology and society. Landauer, who also had a stint on the popular television show Survivor, will talk about her hopes of building a business where technology, community and racing intersect, as well as share some of her more harrowing experiences on the race track.

Performers will include Stanford senior Taylor Elizabeth Kinney and her dance partner, Daniel Lee Tran. The two are two-time U.S. amateur dance champions in American Rhythm. Ge Wang, assistant professor at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, will share his compositions.

Among the faculty members speaking this year are:

  • Anat Admati, professor of finance and economics, whose recent book, The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It, exposes the continuing failure of government to protect the public from a reckless financial system.
  • Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of history, whose book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, will be published this year.
  • Stephen Palumbi, director of the Hopkins Marine Station, whose most recent book, The Extreme Life of the Sea, focuses on the fastest, hottest, coldest and oldest species in the sea.
  • Michael Sturtz, lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group and founder of The Crucible, whose work applies design thinking to theater and live performance.

TEDxStanford is an independent offspring of the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, which has been held in Long Beach, Calif., since 1984 until it moved to Vancouver this year. The nonprofit has dedicated itself to "ideas worth spreading" by inviting people from around the world to give the talks of their lives in less than 20 minutes.

"TEDxStanford is an intellectual variety show that reflects how humanities, technology, medicine and arts all intersect at Stanford University to create a remarkable day no one will want to miss," Sacks said.

The price of tickets is $99 for members of the general public, $79 for faculty and staff with a Stanford ID and $39 for students with a Stanford ID. Seats in adjacent overflow rooms, where viewing will be done via livestream, are $40. Each ticket provides access to the daylong event and three meals. Purchases will be limited to one ticket per transaction.

Partners for this year's event include the Graduate School of Business, the School of Earth Sciences, Woods Institute for the Environment, Precourt Institute for Energy, the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Medicine. Sponsor Ridge Winery will provide wine at the event.

For more information, visit the TEDxStanford 2014 website.