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TED Talks Comes to Chestertown

May 29, 2012 09:16PM ● By Anonymous

Have you discovered—or been a longtime fan of—TED talks? Since 1984, the non-profit TED (originally for Technology, Entertainment, Design) has brought together the world’s thinkers and do-ers at annual conferences to share their “ideas worth spreading.”

TED’s presenters, who have ranged from T. Boone Pickens to U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Jane Goodall to Al Gore, each have had 18 minutes to present the talk of their lives. The results are inspiring, entertaining, and sometimes just jaw-dropping.

Now, the conversation is coming to the Eastern Shore, with TEDxChesterRiver.

The event will be held Saturday, June 30, at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, from 1:00 to 6:30 at the Gibson Center for the Arts. TEDxChesterRiver will be a combination of twelve live speakers, performances and selected recorded TED talks on a wide range of subjects — all fostering learning, inspiration, and provoking conversations that matter.

Just of few of the twelve schedule live speakers include former congressman Wayne Gilchrest, Paul Reed Smith of PRS guitars, Chesapeake Bay chef and author John Shields, Gabrielle Tayac from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Carol Christian from the Space Telescope Science Institute, professors and leaders from Washington College, and more. A full list of scheduled speakers can be found at

The theme for the inaugural TEDxChesterRiver is “Where We Belong,” and the range of topics includes an exploration of everything from our place in the universe, to how to survive the coming zombie apocalypse, to where we belong among the animal species.

With TEDxChesterRiver, Maryland’s Eastern Shore joins a global community of TED and TEDx event. “TEDx events like ours are independently organized events licensed by TED, following in the TED tradition of ‘riveting talks by remarkable people’,” says the event’s organizer, Elise Kolaja. “My goal for TEDxChesterRiver is to become a way for our entire community to come together for a fascinating afternoon.”  

Tickets for the event are available at the website, and are $30 per person. The ticket price will include a beverage break and a happy hour reception. A limited number of tickets are available, so early registration is encouraged.  For exciting past TED talks, please treat yourself to a visit to

1 to 6:30 p.m. • Gibson Center for the Arts
Washington College, Chestertown, MD 21620
To register: