A writer, a scientist and an entrepreneur all walk into a theater.
That’s the premise of 2017 TEDxJacksonHole, which will take over the Center Theater on Tuesday to educate and inspire.
This year’s TEDx features 11 speakers — well, technically nine speakers and two performances — and ranges from local to international, science to art, and everything in between.
The theme for TEDx is “Out of Darkness” to coincide with Monday’s total solar eclipse. All of the talks are less than 10 minutes long, in TED style, and all will touch on the “Out of Darkness” theme, each in its own unique way.
Lisa Samford, organizer and executive director of JH Wild, said event organizers have been thinking about the theme for almost two years.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you kind of go with it,” Samford said. “The whole notion of TEDx of being ‘out of darkness’ was really a nod to the eclipse but also to open up the conversation. The tradition is to pick a theme that creates a thread of thought through the evening and links different disciplines.”
This years speakers are Brian Greene, Alexandra Fuller, Erik Vance, Beth McIntosh (and her sons Wilden and Rainer), Dr. Laura Peticolas, James Trosper, Laurie Works, Keely Herron, Dr. Laura Danly, Andrew Munz and Contemporary Dance Wyoming.
Fuller is a best-selling local author. Greene is the director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics. Danly works at the Griffith Observatory. The list of impressive credentials goes on.
“Greene is a recent add-on,” Samford said. “He’s pretty amazing. He’s had two TED talks over the course of the last few years and is a brilliant science storyteller. He’s unraveled string theory for millions of people though his ‘Nova’ series.”
Samford recommended that viewers arrive early to partake in the pre-event reception, which is a joint affair for TEDx and the Center’s Creatives in Residence art exhibit, “Observatories.”
“It’s all about the conversations around the margins,” Samford said. “That will be the big part of the night. Come plenty early so you can experience the art and meet the speakers.”
The event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Center Theater.
Tickets cost $20 to $40 and can be purchased at JHCenterForTheArts.org.