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.

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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.

Liminal: Between the Lines

We are pleased to announce that our theme for the 2022 event is Liminal: Between the Lines. The purpose of this theme is to highlight speakers who have ideas related to moments in transition, on the verge, caught in ambiguity, at a threshold or a boundary, and between the lines.


Afftene Ceri Taylor Developer, Designer, Actor, Writer
Anna Muthalaly Undergraduate Student and President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Apoorva Dixit Fulbright Scholar and J.D. Candidate
Caralena Peterson Author of "The Effortless Perfection Myth"
Eileen Chow Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Javier Wallace Race and Sport Postdoctoral Associate
Larry Burk MD, CEHP, Holistic radiologist/Dream tapping coach
Ruth Monnig Writer, Artist, Advocate
Sebghatullah Jalali Research Associate at Duke Law
William Reynolds Climate Technology Researcher

William Paul Thomas Visual Arts Instructor, Independent Artist & Curator

Previous Talks

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