TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Much like the TED conference, TEDxDuke is a program that draws some of Duke University’s and Durham’s most curious, creative, and progressive thinkers together for intellectual discussion. The only difference—it’s entirely student-run! The event is inspired by the visionaries that come to share their unique stories and valuable perspectives. It serves as a unique platform to establish positive dialogue, create unexpected connections, and inspire powerful momentum.

Reach us at TEDxDuke@gmail.com.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, 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 and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.


We are pleased to announce that our theme for the 2020 event is (un)familiar. The broad theme allows speakers to challenge what we think we know with their unique perspectives, approaches, or endeavours to areas that might have otherwise seemed familiar—be it students, faculty, staff, alumni, or members of the Durham community—who embody TED's mission.


Aaron Dinin Lecturing Fellow
Alex Leo-Guerra Undergraduate Student
April-Autumn Therapist, Speaker, Fashionista
Bibi Gnagno Student Coordinator
Dan Vermeer Associate Professor
Thomas Newpher Assistant Professor of Practice

Ben Thier Undergraduate Student
Mac Gagne Undergraduate Student
Mercy Asiedu Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT
Nick Slavin Co-founder and CEO at Fuzionaire
Sophie Riegel Undergraduate Student

Previous Talks

View some of our previous years' talks!


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