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Loeb Playhouse


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 What is TED?  

TED is a nonprofit organization

With the sole mission to spread ideas, TED started in the 1980s as a conference in California but morphed into a global platform for novel ideas. Today, TED is known for sharing intellectual and academic ideas in bite-like chunks with an engaging presentation and accessible format.

 What is TEDx?  

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading,

TED created a program called TEDx in 2009 allowing local communities around the world to organize TED-like conferences and events. Still part of a global community, TEDx talks are shared with the world through TEDx’s YouTube channel which has more than 22 million subscribers.

 What is TEDxPurdueU?  

Our event is called TEDxPurdueU,

TEDxPurdueU is a student-run organization standing behind TEDx talks and events held at Purdue University. With the mission to stimulate the curious mind, challenge perspectives, and spark discussion, we expose our local community and global audience to “ideas worth spreading.” 

What is Ikigai?

The theme of TEDxPurdueU’s Main Event in 2020 is “ikigai,” a Japanese concept which translates to “reason for being.” 


According to ikigai, everyone has a different and unique reason for being. Formally, these reasons are divided into four components: what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. 


TEDxPurdueU invites our attendees to explore their own and our community's reason for being through a series of inspiring TEDx talks.


Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP)

February 22, 2020

Loeb Playhouse


Thinkers. Doers.


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Raquel Rose

Karen Eber

 CEO of Eber Leadership Group 

 Registered Dietician Nutritionist 

Heather Servaty-Seib

 Professor of Counseling Psychology 

Judy Butler

 Certified Pastoral Psychotherapist 

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Sam Lubell

 Writer & Author 

Greg Goldin

 Architecture Critic, Author & Curator 

Don Wettrick

 Founder of The STARTedUP Foundation 

Daniel Aliaga

 Urban Visual Computing Pioneer 


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