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.

Platforms and Pitfalls

We are pleased to announce that our theme for the 2023 conference is Platforms and Pitfalls
All the world's a stage, but who are the actors, audience, and crew? Which stories do we choose to elevate and which do we let slip through the cracks?

This year’s theme explores the ups and downs we face throughout our journeys. Attendees will hear from Duke students and faculty as well as Durham community members, all of whom will share their insights on the importance of elevating people and ideas. The diverse lineup of speakers will be discussing both intimate and inspirational themes, imparting new perspectives on how to navigate the platforms and pitfalls each of us inevitably encounter.

Tickets are 10$ each (free for Duke students). Lunch will be provided.


Alana Jackson Artist, Strategist, Communicator
Brett Ries Duke Law Student, Drag Performer, Actor, and Activist
Dana Torpey Newman Psychologist and Political Activist
Dominic Tanzillo Duke Medicine Student, EMT, Author of Space Medicine Podcast
Jothi Gupta Robertson Scholar at Duke, Founder of ALS non-profit

Linsey Hughes Duke Professor, Former Wall Streeter
Rowan Haffner Member of Team USA for Triathlon and Ironman Finisher
Sloane Tilley Ceo and Co-founder of E-Sentience, Duke MBA Student
Wanghley Soares Martin Duke Karsh Scholar, Aspiring Engineer

Previous Talks

View some of our previous years' talks!


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