Western Illinois University - Quad Cities (WIU-QC) will be the host of the Quad Cities inaugural TEDxSalon event, focusing on the topic of "Civility in an Era of Incivility."  The TEDxSalon will be held on October 4th, 2018 between 5:30-7:30 PM in Suites 103/104 of Riverfront Hall on the campus of WIU-QC with a networking reception to follow.  The program will include a series of national speakers and a panel, moderated by Dr. Jim, Rabchuk, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences WIU.

TEDxSalon events are designed to keep our community engaged between regular TEDx events. It’s a unique kind of gathering that TEDx organizers hold which allows the conversation to continue, in person. At a TEDx salon, attendees watch speakers and have informal discussions about the talks. TEDxSalons are designed to spark discussion on issues of interest to your local community.

The TEDxSalon is supported by The QC Ideas Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing TEDx events and programs to the Quad Cities, and providing a platform for our community to share new ideas and perspectives. The topic of Civility was selected for its timely relevance and in support of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds formal proclamation for “Civility and Good Manners Week”, set for August 20-24, 2018.

Speakers presenting at the TEDxSalon event currently include:

- Stephanie Villinski, Director of the Illinois Civility Commission
- Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse
- Matt Christiansen, Editor of the Quad City Times
- Jazmin Newton-Butt, Attorney and President of LULAC
- Brandy Donaldson, Senior Communications Manager, Exelon

The event is free and open to the public, but limited to 70 attendees. Quad Citizens interested in attending the event can register at http://www.tedxdavenport.com/attend-tedx.

More information about the event can be found at: http://www.tedxdavenport.com/tedxsalon-wiu

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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to  thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Media Contact
Andrea Olson
TEDxSalon Director


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