Tips and everything you need to know to have a great TEDx-perience

January 6, 2017

Hello, TEDxSalem nation! The big day is finally near. We can hardly believe it. Here is everything you need to know about TEDxSalem IV — Revolutions— at Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97301. First off, despite some winter weather headed our way, TEDxSalem will go on. Please ensure your safety first,…

S. Renee Mitchell: Art as survival

December 21, 2016

For S. Renee Mitchell, art is survival. This is not an overstatement. For 25 years, Mitchell worked as a successful newspaper journalist, most recently for The Oregonian. This highly public role covered up her inner struggle — the doubts, depression, self-loathing. Then she rediscovered her creativity, and that saved her life, she says. “Eventually, I…

Karen Holman: Punk rock chemist to speak on new anti-cancer drug

November 15, 2016

Karen Holman is a punk rocker, radio DJ, and a chemistry professor and researcher. She lives deeply in all three of those identities. But at TEDxSalem, Holman’s scientist side will be on display. Holman was always interested in science as a little girl, she said, and it was her non-ending question of “why?” that landed her…

How TEDxSalem ended up with a majority woman speaker roster

August 16, 2016

The most important task for the organizers of TEDxSalem is curating interesting, challenging and fun talks — the essence of a good TEDx conference. And truly awesome talks are inseparable from the speakers’ identity. Representing diverse abilities, cultural backgrounds and gender identification is key to putting on a well-rounded event. Some of these goals came easier…

Parking, registration, lunch: Everything you need to know

September 29, 2015

Hello, TEDxSalem nation! The big day is finally near. We can hardly believe it. Here is everything you need to know about TEDxSalem, Oct. 3 — Fearless — at Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97301. SCHEDULE 8 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast 8:30 a.m.: Theater doors open; seats are general admission…

ASL interpreting provided at TEDxSalem

September 22, 2015

TEDxSalem, in our continued commitment to accessibility, will provide ASL interpreting and close-vision interpreting for our deaf and deaf/blind attendees. This would not be possible without the the help of of Anderson Interpreting Services and Western Oregon University. Here’s our official ASL interpreting team: Platform: Ben Cavaletto and Mish Ktejik Close Vision: Sarah Norris and Tedi…

Not just talk: TEDxSalem live entertainment lineup

September 18, 2015

When we think of TED and TEDx, we typically think of speakers giving talks on a red rug on stage. That’s because many of us have only experienced TED through videos online. The value of attending a live TEDx event is the full experience. That includes live talks, of course, and we spent a lot…

David Craig: Understanding our world through birds

August 27, 2015

In city life, you may not see many wild animals. A cougar sighting is commonly a subject of a local news story — and much conversation. But birds? They’re everywhere. Maybe they’ve nested on your property or they’re eating feed your neighbors throw out. Maybe they wake you up earlier than you’d like, chirping near…

Dr. Mark Davis: When waste becomes the cure

August 20, 2015

They say one’s trash is another’s treasure. Dr. Mark Davis has built a medical career on this concept. To many, poop means very little. It’s just waste, to be flushed away and rarely spoken of. But for some people, it’s a significant health problem that severely impacts their quality of life. And the only solution…