University of Lethbridge looking for presenters for TEDx speaker event

The call is out for people interested in becoming a TEDx presenter at the University of Lethbridge in January 2020.

The U of L will present its first TEDx event on January 25, 2020. The University is now looking for candidates to apply to be a speaker or performer addressing the theme of I Am Still Learning. Learning is a lifelong journey of discovery and the U of L is inviting anyone to submit a talk idea consistent with this theme.

“This is our first opportunity to present a TEDx event and we’re thrilled to begin planning for what promises to be an amazing day,” says Kathleen Massey, the University’s associate vice-president (students). “We will be looking to present a diverse group of speakers who can really stretch the envelope on our theme and spark some great conversations. The U of L has long been a driver of ideas and lifelong learning in southern Alberta and TEDx is another way to engage discussion in our community.”

Those interested in applying to present at TEDxUleth must submit an application form (available here) by Wednesday, Nov. 20. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Nov. 25 that they are invited for auditions.

“Once we go through the audition process, which will run from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, we will notify the selected speakers on Dec. 6,” says U of L student Imogen Pohl, one of the event organizers. “I’m really looking forward to this process and hearing the great ideas that will come out of it. We have so many smart, talented people here in southern Alberta, I think we’ll be blown away by the presenters.”

The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, is organized by community volunteers and aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are currently available by contacting University Advancement Development Director Barry Knapp at 403-329-2389 or

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

For more information, visit TEDxUleth or contact

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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