John Besh

chef and cultural preservationist

TEDxLSU Speaker Tracey Rizzuto

Tracey Rizzuto

psychologist and BRAVE researcher


Rashaud Red

teen change agent

TEDxLSU speaker Prosanta Chakrabarty

Prosanta Chakrabarty

ichthyologist and natural historian

TEDxLSU Speaker Owen Carmichael

Owen Carmichael

the brain man

TEDxLSU speakers Michael Hatfield

Michael Hatfield

community trivia guru


Maxine Crump

community champion and humanitarian

TEDxLSU Speaker Kurt Ristroph

Kurt Ristroph

collegiate information access enabler


Karen McKee

ecologist and coastline expert

TEDxLSU Speaker Cole Wiley

Cole Wiley

artist and software developer

TEDxLSU Speaker Brian Wolshon

Brian Wolshon

traffic and transportation engineer

TedxLSU speaker John Gray

John Gray

musician and molder of minds

About TEDx

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” supporting world-changing ideas, connections and dialogue. The two annual TED Conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TEDx events are independently organized to bring people together at local levels to share in a TED-like experience. Much like TED Conferences, TEDx events are centered on big ideas and inspiring talks intended to spark deep discussion and connection among attendees. TEDx events are officially licensed events in which guidance, rules and regulations are provided by TED.

TEDxLSU is the only TEDx event in Baton Rouge. Launched in 2013, TEDxLSU is a platform to bring local, regional, and statewide communities together; to spur discussion and dialogue about real issues; and to generate big ideas that will move the state of Louisiana forward, forming a better way of life for the people of our great state. As the flagship university, LSU is the host location and vessel for this premier event.  TEDxLSU is organized by local volunteers and championed by  LSU Communication across the Curriculum.

For media inquiries regarding TEDxLSU, email media@tedxlsu.com. All other inquiries should be directed to info@tedxlsu.com.

About TEDx LSU


February 28, 2015:  CONNECT

Noon Attendee Check-In

12:30 p.m. Theater Seating Opens (all seating is general admission)

1 p.m. Session 1*

2:15 p.m. Ideas and Opportunities that Connect

3 p.m. Session 2*

4:15 p.m. Confluence & Celebration!

*Sessions will begin promptly. Due to video production, late arrivals are not guaranteed to be seated immediately.