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April 9, 2015

TEDxStanford returns for 2015 with dynamic speakers and a new twist

TEDxStanford offers an eclectic, multidisciplinary lineup of pioneers in science, art, business and humanities.

By Dan Stober

TEDxStanford, the annual smorgasbord of fascinating Stanford speakers and performers, returns this year with a slightly different approach. The theme is "Turning Point" – the audience will hear stories of research, events and personal lives that have reached a critical moment.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17. Tickets can be bought online and in person from the Stanford Ticket Office beginning at 10 a.m. April 15. Details will be available on the TEDxStanford website. The event will be webcast live, and the talks will be posted online at some point after the event.

"This year we have an eclectic, multidisciplinary lineup of pioneers in science, art, business and humanities," said Melinda Sacks, the executive producer of TEDxStanford.

A few examples:

Abraham Verghese, best-selling author and vice chair of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine, will share his philosophy on looking beyond the data to truly see and embrace the patient in front of him.

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann will explore her work with those who say they literally speak to God, even putting out a cup of coffee for him.

Neuroscientist and director of Bio-X Carla Shatz will explain her exciting recent breakthroughs in treating Alzheimer's and how neuroscience is approaching the idea of "making an old brain new."

Hoover Institution research fellow and Asia scholar Alice Miller will share her transgender journey at 50, from wearing a full beard and working for the CIA to transitioning to a truer life.

The day will be interspersed with world-class performances. Undergraduates Tyler Brooks and Tucker Bryant will reflect on the meaning of manhood through spoken word and music. Stanford's renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet will bring humor and music to the stage. And as always, there will be a few surprises.

TEDxStanford's partners are:

  • School of Education
  • School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • Graduate School of Business
  • School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Woods Institute for the Environment



Melinda Sacks, TEDxStanford: (650) 723-1844,


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