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Theme: The Will

This event occurred on
March 4, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
East Lansing, Michigan
United States

The theme for TEDxMSU 2015, “The Will”, will focus on the idea of willpower and the mental and physical processes by which brilliant ideas make it out of brain-space and mere musings... and into the real world.

Not all proposals survive, but we’re interested in that impetus, that moment of action where dreams push their way into reality.

TEDxMSU is a collaboration between Michigan State University’s students, alumni, faculty, and friends, as well as the larger East Lansing community. The MSU community has many brilliant stories to share - and we want to bring them to center stage.

The conference will feature interdisciplinary presenters, including faculty, students, alumni, and other affiliates to the University, expressing their past experiences, current projects, and future visions to promote inquiry within the MSU community.

We keep TED’s mission of "ideas Worth Spreading" close to our own: to spark change via conversation and interaction with ideas both here in East Lansing and in the futures of attendees.

Operating under the TED license, we will also make full use of livestream and media capabilities to reach as many individuals as possible even after the conference.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts
750 East Shaw Ln
East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Aiden Wang

Aiden Wang is a student at Michigan State University passionate about fostering understanding between domestic and international citizens.

Austin Martin

Austin Martin is an MSU undergraduate student studying human biology.

David Kaufman

David Kaufman is the chair of neurology at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine.

Dorinda Carter Andrews

Dorinda Carter Andrews is Associate Professor of Race, Culture, and Equity in MSU's Department of Teacher Education.

Emily Weigel

Emily is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University.

Hendrik Schatz

Hendrik Schatz is a professor of Nuclear Astrophysics at Michigan State University. He works at one of the world's foremost facilities for nuclear physics research - MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

John Nowak

John Nowak is a student at Michigan State University with an undeniable passion for living, learning, and harnessing the will to connect people through music.

Rebecca Brunk

Rebecca Brunk is an undergraduate student at MSU studying Neuroscience and Psychology.

Sariah Metcalfe

Sariah Metcalfe is an MSU undergraduate student studying in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities (RCAH).

Shannon Cason

Shannon Cason is an MSU alum, contributor to NPR's Snap Judgement, The Moth, a writer, father, and believer in all kinds of endings to stories.

Young Yi

Young Yi is an MSU alum with a love for building up the local communities around him via faith, engagement, and inspiring action in others.

Organizing team


Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • Irene Li