TEDxBinghamtonUniversity will bring eight speakers to the Binghamton University campus at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20, for an afternoon of inspiring and entertaining talks. The sixth annual TEDx conference will take place in the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center, on campus.

The speaker lineup includes a Binghamton alumnus who specializes in comic books explaining children’s medicine, two current Binghamton University students and the chief scientist at NASA. Each speaker is "Flipping the script" and making strides toward major change in his or her respective area of interest, including social activism through hip-hop, and art programs for underprivileged youth.

Hear TED talks from:

·      Mason Wartman, Philadelphia pizza shop proprietor who regularly donates food and clothing to the homeless: "Improving your community through focus and persistence"

·      Samir Habib, leading scholar on gender and sexuality in the Middle East: "Let the scholar speak, even if it scares you"

·      Kyrin Pollock and Matthew Gill, Binghamton sophomores involved in virtual reality start-up Enhance VR: "The reality of virtual reality"

·      Ellen Stofan, chief scientist of NASA: "Are we alone?"

·      Akili Tommasino, doctoral art student seeking to help disadvantaged youth experience art: "Get high [culture]"

·      Melissa Frascella ’11, U.S. accounts manager at Medikidz: "Defying the constraints of ‘supposed to’"

·      Bakari Kitwana, hip-hop and racial activism expert: "The Ferguson Effect"

Binghamton University Bhangra dance group will perform at intermission, combining the modern and attractive appeal of current pop music with the traditional and cultural dance elements of Bhangra, a folk dance that originated from the Punjab region in India.

Advance tickets for TEDxBinghamtonUniversity are $10 and are available online at BingTickets and at the following locations/dates:

Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, in the University Union’s Tillman Lobby
Wednesday, March 16, in The MarketPlace
Thursday, March 17, in the University Union’s Tillman Lobby
Friday, March 18, in The MarketPlace

Tickets will also be sold at the door for $15. For more information, contact tedx@binghamton.edu or visit http://binghamton.edu/events/tedx/