By FATIMA FAKHREDDINE, Staff Writer

TEDxUMDearborn will be bringing a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan-Dearborn on October 19th in the IAVS building.

TED Talks runs on the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” It gives people the chance to express themselves and inspire one another.

According to Elizabeth Bastian, volunteer coordinator, this TED Talk will be different than most.

“TEDxUMDearborn will be different from other TEDx events because it draws its speakers and attendees from a unique area.” Bastian continues, “Dearborn, and especially the University of Michigan-Dearborn, is a cultural melting pot. The speakers, attendees, volunteers, and committee members definitely reflect this.”

According to the TEDxUMDearborn website, “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.”

This independent TED Talk in Dearborn has been “a long time coming” Bastian said. “TEDxUMDearborn is a historic event because Dearborn is a historic community. This city and the area around it has so much diversity, and is filled with passionate people who inspire others.”

The TEDxUMDearborn website writes, “TEDxUMDearborn is here to positively impact Southeast Michigan, while also putting University of Michigan-Dearborn on the global map…we hope to demonstrate to attendees and the global community that UMDearborn is a university dedicated to maintaining and promoting its richly diverse and inclusive community.”

The event planners of TEDxUMDearborn are anticipating it to be a big event with many participants and viewers.

“We have been seeing interest from all across the metro Detroit and Dearborn area, especially on campus. This event is going to be huge,” continues Bastian, “We have room for 200 participants, plus volunteers, speakers, committee members, and certain media.”

“The TEDxUMDearborn committee and I could not be more excited to share this experience with you all,” said, Rob Vasquez, TEDxUMDearborn’s licensee and curator. Vasquez continues, “Our 14 speakers, which will be released on the website and our social media pages on the week of October 7th, will truly move each and every one of you.”

One can apply as a volunteer or for tickets at the TEDxUMDearborn website. Also, for updates you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pintrest.