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.

Small Act, Big Impact

We are pleased to announce that our theme for the 2019 event is Small Act, Big Impact. The broad theme allows speakers to describe their meaningful experiences in impacting the world through small acts.


Jen Fry Social Justice Activist
Axel Ramos Undergraduate Student
Elise Wang Writer & Professor
Arthi Kozhumam Undergraduate Student
Dr. Marion Quirici Writer & Professor

Steve Miller & Laverne Berry Voter Protection Volunteers
Aashna Aggarwal Undergraduate Student
Franklin Boampong Undergraduate Student
Joshua Berg Law Student
Lina Colucci Ph.D. Student

Previous Talks

View some of our previous years' talks!


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