Viewing Parties Planned for TEDx Event at Southeast


TED-logoCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2016 – Two viewing parties are planned in connection with TEDxSoutheastMissouriStateUniversity — an event designed to spark deep discussion on “Diverse Passions” — on Thursday, March 3, in Cape Girardeau.

KRCU 90.9 FM and two communication studies student organizations will be hosting parties offering opportunities to view the event for those unable to get tickets.

On March 3 at 7 p.m., KRCU will host a livestream viewing party at The Broadway Federal located at 339 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Light refreshments will be available, and the party is free and open to the public. Registration is available at

The only on-campus viewing party will be sponsored by two communication studies student organizations– COMMrades and Lambda Pi Eta. The viewing party on March 3 will take place in the University Center Ballroom B. Doors open at 6 p.m. Attendees will be seated at tables of eight with a group leader from one of the student organizations leading discussions similar to those taking place at the main event. Limited space is available, so reservations can be made by emailing Jeanne Harris in the Department of Communications Studies at

The event will be live streamed for anyone to access at The livestream is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Finance & Administration, and Enrollment Management and Student Success at Southeast.

The main event, TEDxSoutheastMissouriStateUniversity, is scheduled for 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) March 3, in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. The viewing parties are being offered since the event itself is limited to 100 attendees – 50 community members and 50 students.

Various professors at Southeast will be speaking about their diverse passions. Speakers include Dr. Allen Gathman, professor of biology and dean of online learning, discussing human genetic diversity versus the social constructs of race; Dr. Kenneth Heischmidt, professor in the Department of Management and Marketing and director of the MBA program, discussing how each graduate is one in a million both literally and figuratively; Dr. Debra Lee-Distefano, professor in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages, discussing the issues with assumptions regarding who is from or belongs where; and Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, associate professor of mass media, discussing how minorities are portrayed in the media.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. 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, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.