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New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a TEDxNJIT event Nov. 8, 2018 in the Jim Wise Theatre on the NJIT campus and via an accompanying live simulcast available to viewers worldwide. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is themed “ReFraming” and will feature leaders from business, academia and the arts addressing a range of topics. Speakers will explore assumptions that limit solutions to social problems and broadening perspectives to find new opportunities for cross cutting approaches. They will cover a range of disciplines including arts, entertainment, technology and design. The event will bring together faculty and students to share their passion for new ideas and innovation. NJIT’s inaugural TEDx event took place in 2011.

“With the success of our previous TEDxNJIT events, we want to focus this year on ideas that engage the community to think about a wide range of social issues,” said Judith Sheft, associate vice president for technology and enterprise development at NJIT and the event’s co-organizer. “We have put together an outstanding array of thinkers and visionaries to discuss topics of interest to everyone, as we all try individually to make the world a better place.”

Speakers will include: John Keegan, chairman and president of the Charles Edison Fund; Donald Sebastian, CEO of the New Jersey Innovation Institute; Charles Rosen, founder of Jersey Cider Works; Marjorie Perry, president and CEO of MZM Construction in Newark; and Lauren Craig – Newark’s “Glambassador.” Also featured will be Jazlyn Carvajal, co-founder of Latinas in STEM; Gernot Riether, NJIT College Architecture and Design faculty member; Carolyn Murnick, author of the "The Hot One"; Grace Ibitamuno, RWJ medical student; Mohamed Bendary, NJIT student; and Brandon George from the Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition. Music will be provided by the NJIT Music Initiative.

The cost is $30 per ticket for the public, NJIT faculty, staff and alumni. Student tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, register online at http://www.tedxnjit.com/register. Food and beverages will be available and are included in the fee.

TEDxNJIT invites the NJIT community and surrounding colleges and universities in Newark including Rutgers University, Essex County College, Berkeley College and Seton Hall University.    

For a current listing of the speakers, visit: http://www.tedxnjit.com/speakers.

About TEDx, where x = independently organized

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.