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UCLA Extension

April 08, 2015 15:30 ET

TEDxUCLA Celebrates Four-Year Partnership With Most Innovative Conference to Date

4th Annual #TEDxUCLA Showcases Thinkers Who Have Dared to Go "Beyond the Box"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 8, 2015) - UCLA Extension will host its 4th Annual TEDxUCLA on Saturday, May 30 at UCLA Carnesale Commons from 10am to 3pm. This year's TEDxUCLA theme, "Beyond the Box," celebrates speakers who have made careers out of seeing past conventional limitations.

TEDxUCLA "Beyond the Box" will feature talks by visionaries including: Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, who will be talking about sustainability and inspiring, engaging and activating Los Angeles -- its people, businesses, government, and nature -- in rapidly becoming a climate-resilient and sustainable city; real-life psychologist Andrea Letamendi, aka "Batgirl's psychologist," who counsels Batgirl in the pages of comic books; and Duff Goldman, a pastry chef who hires artists to create edible art. See full program at

"We're hoping this year's TEDxUCLA event will inspire attendees to think beyond the 'box' of accepted limitations," said Scott Hutchinson, TEDx Organizer and Director of Visual Arts at UCLA Extension. "This year's speakers are people who have charted their own course, using original thinking to go beyond established conventions."

Additional speakers at TEDxUCLA will include:

  • Neil Garg (Professor and Vice Chair, UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Department): "Technology's Impact on the Student Experience"
  • Don Vaughn (PhD in neuroscience at UCLA, DJ and drummer): "Electronic Music is the New Rock & Roll"
  • Kent Wada (UCLA Chief Privacy Officer & Director of Strategic IT Policy): "Big Data: Governing the Space Between Law and Ickiness"
  • Adi Jaffe: (PhD in psychology from UCLA; Psychology Today writer): "Debunking Shame Around Mental Health"
  • Dara Frimmer (Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles): "Inspiring Social Change Through Community Organizing"
  • Jim Hahn (UCLA alumnus, head of Areté Preparatory Academy): "Harnessing the Explosive Power of the Teen Brain"
  • Kamil Fields (UCLA Undergraduate): Spoken word

The event is hosted by UCLA Extension's Visual Arts Department and UCLA Residential Life.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 9, 10am PST at General admission tickets are $60 - 65. UCLA and UCLA Extension student tickets are $30 - 35, with reserved seating. This popular annual event sells out quickly, as seats are limited. Select behind-the-scenes campus tours will be held at 4pm for registered attendees. Tours are on a first-come, first served basis.

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. #TEDxUCLA

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 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, 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.

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