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Art + Science: The Future Of Health As Revealed As 2010 Theme For The First Event TEDX Nashville Event

First Wave of Speakers Announced with
Limited Number of Tickets Available

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Feb. 3, 2010—TEDx Nashville announces the theme for the first ever TEDx event in Music City. Art + Science: The Future of Health will take place Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. Hundreds of Nashville’s brightest minds will converge at Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Road, for a day of deep discussion, thought provoking video and live speakers in a format of presentations 18 minutes or less. TEDx events are independently organized and offer to spark a community-wide discussion of ideas that matter, free of any commercial, political or religious agenda. This non-profit event will give Nashville area’s greatest thinkers and doers a collaborative platform to share their passions and inspire our community as it relates to the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

“With Nashville being such a hub for the healthcare industry, it only made sense for our first TEDx Nashville event to embrace our city’s knowledge and advanced creativity in this field,” says Michael Hart, spokesman for TEDx Nashville. “Of course, since we are also known as Music City, one of the focuses of this event will be how wellness and the arts can work together for the betterment of patients, staff and the industry as a whole.”

TEDx events have sold out worldwide. With a limit of 350 participants, tickets are $20 and available now at Below is a list of confirmed speakers for the TEDx Nashville event, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

2010 Confirmed Speakers:

Greg Barz is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in music and medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. His book, Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda explores the use of music, dance and drama as a medical intervention in the fight against AIDS by communities in Uganda, East Africa.

Jason Dinger is the CEO of Dispensary of Hope, a not-for-profit network of dispensing sites, sourcing partners and financial partners that assist people without prescription drug coverage.

Donna Glassford is the Director of Cultural Enrichment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and producer of the musical “Hey Florence!” A humorous and inspiring speaker, Donna will discuss the value and importance of art in health care.

MAJ Scott Harrington is a brigade surgeon with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Eastern Afghanistan utilizing cutting edge medical care and village restoration.

Dr. James Hildreth is a top researcher for Nashville’s Meharry Medical College who made headlines last year when he developed an odorless, undetectable contraceptive cream that destroys the HIV virus and holds the promise of stopping the disease’s spread in African countries.

Vincent Morelli is the founder of ARTDOCS, a non-profit organization offering medical care to artists with limited resources who do not have medical insurance. ARTDOCS provides care for visual artists, writers, musicians, poets and performers.

Suzi Peel’s work with the UN Foundation and Health Alliance program, “Speaking to the Bottom Billion,” delivers health information and education throughout India and Africa via mobile phones to reduce child and parent mortality rates.

Molly Secours is a writer, speaker, filmmaker and activist and a national figure in health care reform. The Nashville Scene has identified Secours as one of “Nashville’s most influential public intellectuals.”

Minton Sparks is a storyteller, performer and mental health professional. Sparks is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Tennessee State University and shares her own brand of performance poetry nationwide.

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About TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This particular event is called TEDx Nashville, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDx Nashville, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California; TED Global is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TED Talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, granting an exceptional individual a wish to change the world and the opportunity to put their wish into action; TEDx , which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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TED2010, “What the World Needs Now,” will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with TED Active, a simulcast conference of TED2010, in Palm Springs, California. TED Global 2010, “And Now the Good News,” will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK.

  • Lori Cloud

    So glad to see this is finally come to town! Only a couple hundred seats so get 'em early.

  • Lori Cloud

    So glad to see this is finally come to town! Only a couple hundred seats so get 'em early.