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Theme: Beyond the Surface

This event occurred on
May 21, 2017
8:00am - 3:30pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, California
United States

Beyond the surface of fences and walls, TEDxDonovanCorrectional represents an expression of ideals, thoughts and emotions that collectively have the power to expand hearts, transform minds and liberate spirits.

In the spirit of world-renowned TED Talks, TEDxDonovanCorrectional – a unique gathering focused on inspiration, transformation and interaction – will take place at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The process of organizing TEDxDonovanCorrectional has fully engaged the prison inmate population. A Core Team of ten inmates is strategizing, planning, and facilitating the event from beginning to end, supported by a group of local TEDx volunteers. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature a broad spectrum of TEDx Talks under the theme “Beyond the Surface.”

“Beyond the Surface” is a journey into the unseen! This theme demands of us to participate in a mind-altering interaction that will challenge perceived notions, uproot entrenched biases and soften hardened stereotypes. Our intent is to scratch the surface of what may be beyond our existing perceptions and take our hearts to places we never knew existed. The possibilities are endless.

We will also explore what’s beyond the surface of the invisible forces holding our universe together, the depths of unexplored worlds, as well as the intricacies of interpersonal dynamics and more.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
480 Alta Road
San Diego, California, 92179
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Shelley Wright

"My love for astronomy started as a child. Combined with my passion for learning new things, I forged a career that focuses on building new instruments to observe the Universe. I conduct scientific experiments that search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence. I encourage the science community and the world to join this pursuit, believing that finding other life in the Universe will greatly enrich our lives on Earth."

Stephen Davis

"Others say that I am a friend if you need a friend, I am someone they can trust and confide in, and that I am a mentor without knowing it. I am thankful for the friends and family who have supported me. Their faith in me is what has helped me to not give up since being incarcerated. I am passionate about education, self-help and reading. I am two classes away from receiving four Associate Degrees."

Organizing team

Fourmeaux du Sartel

San Diego, CA, United States


San Diego, CA, United States