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Inaugural TEDxDurham Event Coming to Carolina Theatre

  • The Carolina Theatre 309 West Morgan Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)


TEDxDurham is proud to announce its first independent event, created in the spirit of the cultural phenomenon and national nonprofit, TED. The inaugural event, which will take place on Saturday, July 9, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, will bring together a community of artists and academics, professionals and activists, as well as natives and newcomers for a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. 

The Carolina Theatre of Durham is located at 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for this inclusive, one-of-a-kind event start at $30 and are on sale now at 

The event’s theme will be Centers and Edges. It is defined by the idea that without our centers, which are people’s people’s passions, projects and communities, life is meaningless; but without our edges, which are sometimes discomforting, but always warrant growth, life is boring. The more than 20 local TEDxDurham presenters will surprise, compel and inspire the audience. To view a full list of presenters, visit:

The TED organization is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It began in 1984 as a place where technology, entertainment and design converged, and has since grown to cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Presenters are not limited to speakers, but also performers, artists and other blends of entertainment and great minds that will create an unforgettable event. TEDx events are independently organized around the country to unleash fresh ideas from local communities. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the TEDx program launched in 2009. 

Community members can stay up to date and join in the conversation at, and

About TEDx
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. TEDxRaleigh is an example of an independently organized event. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. 

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Starting as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Follow TED at or For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit