American Sign Language spoken here at TEDxSalem

January 5, 2017

TEDxSalem will offer ASL interpreting for the third year in a row so everyone can join the conversation. Salem is one of the few TED events around the world that offers the service thanks to our volunteers. Without them, it would cost thousands of dollars. This year Salem teamed up with 10 ASL interpreting students from…

2017 won’t change itself, join TEDxSalem Revolutions

January 1, 2017

I’ve heard people wish away 2016 as if a new number will suddenly transform our world. 2017 isn’t magical. It won’t erase the realities many want to escape. Only we can change through ideas, actions, revolution. On January 7, a community will come together to celebrate ideas worth spreading in Salem and beyond. You can…

TEDxSalem host Mark Powers

Say hello to host Mark Powers

December 22, 2016

Mark Powers is a percussionist, an artist, an author, educator and mentor. Plus, he’s no stranger to the TEDx stage. In fact, he has two talks under his belt and played the role of host for TEDxMtHood (formerly ConcordiaUPortland) three times. “I’ve long been a fan of TED and TEDx talks, so being invited to step…

Meet Artist-in-Residence Kathryn Cellerini Moore

December 19, 2016

Oregon-native and self-professed nerd Kathryn Cellerini Moore is a creative force transforming childhood memories into thought-provoking art installations. And this year she is the TEDxSalem Artist in Residence helping set the tone for our event, com­mu­ni­cate its theme and con­vey an ‘idea worth spreading.’ Drawn to art for its therapeutic values, Kathryn holds a BS…

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Teressa Raiford: #blacklivesmatter was just the beginning

December 18, 2016

It can be easy to overlook Teressa Raiford in a crowded room, and that seems to suit her quite fine. Short in stature, she is soft-spoken and unassuming in person, often with gaze averted and the occasional half-smile. There’s a noticeable hint of loneliness in Raiford’s demeanor that the community organizer and leader of Don’t…

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…

Tickets to Salem’s revolution on sale

August 8, 2016

 The revolution begins now. Do you have your ticket? TEDxSalem released its discounted early-bird tickets this week and will offer them through Sept. 7 or until they’re gone. That’s $10 in savings for a day of mind-bending experiences Jan. 7 at the Salem Convention Center. The ticket price covers talks and performances on ideas worth spreading, refreshments,…