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2014 Theme


The Event:

For 2014, the theme of TEDxUNCAsheville is (re) thinking, as we hope to inspire the unique brilliance within each person that if given the opportunity could create greatness in the world. Through the sharing of ideas birthed out of experiences, we will (re)think life together for our future in order to make good from our past.

TEDxUNCAsheville 2014 featured 16 speakers who spoke across disciplines to bring us innovative ideas and impassioned personal stories. Our speakers included students, faculty, and local Ashevillians.


Time & Place:

 TEDxUNCAsheville 2014: (re) thinking took place at Lipinsky Auditorium on February 15th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Event Schedule:

 10:00 am – SESSION 1: (re) define

• Aaron Basskin • Tony Rhodes • Christopher Webb • Griffin Payne

12:30 pm – SESSION 2: (re) unite
• Peter Levitov • Dee Eggers • Diana Schmitt McCall • Mark Gibney

2:50 pm – SESSION 3: (re) adjust
• David B. Hoffman • Alex McWalters • Bert Holmes • Bethany Adams • Ann Dunn

5:15 pm – SESSION 4: (re) act
• Kevan Frazier • River Whyless

12:00 / 2:30 / 4:50 pm - Intermissions: (re) connect
Special micro events will follow each session where there will be exciting interactive activities in the foyer and special presentations of video art from UNC Asheville New Media majors in the main event auditorium!


TEDxUNCAsheville is an annual conference independently organized by students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. We aspire to bring together innovative thinkers from across the university and larger community to explore ideas for our collective future.  Do you want to be involved in next years event?  Get in touch now because preparations start sooner than you think!

TEDx vs. TED

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.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED


Official TED talks curated by members of TEDxUNCAsheville for your viewing pleasure.

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The TEDxUNCAsheville teams are made up of UNCAsheville students and is the heart and soul behind the annual main event.


Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors who make TEDxUNCAsheville possible. The commitment of these supporters gives our community the opportunity to be inspired, to connect and to innovate.

  • We are very very proud to have one of Asheville’s greatest music venues in support of our event.

    BIO:  The Orange Peel

    The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club is one of the Southeast’s preeminent concert venues. The club features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment rarely found in a club of its size. The smoke-free facility has a beautiful interior, creating a fabulous setting for enjoying the premiermusicians who perform here.

    The building on the corner of Biltmore and Hilliard Avenue holds many fond memories for the people of Asheville. From 1950 to 1962, Skateland Rollerdome was the place to be on Saturday night and hosted many birthday parties for children of Asheville. The downtown skating rink proved to be the perfect place for kids to have fun while moms and dads shopped in the department stores that once dominated the downtown landscape. Later, the building housed a series of R & B and soul clubs. Coincidentally, most of those clubs had colors in their names: jade, emerald, and orange. The Orange Peel was the best known of these establishments and had a reputation throughout Western North Carolina as the hottest nightclub around. Artists such as The Commodores and The Bar-Kaysappeared on the carpeted, three-tiered stage, and when live music was not available, recorded disco and funk blared from the elevated DJ booth, which featured DJs from one of the few black owned radio stations in the country, WBMU-FM. The Orange Peel was the last club to occupy the location before it became vacant for many years. After a stint as an auto parts warehouse, The Orange Peel was reborn, thanks to Julian Price’s downtown redevelopment company, Public Interest Projects.

    In its first three years as a music club, The Orange Peel was recognized as one of the best live music venues in the nation. Featured and highlighted in USA TodayTravel and Leisure Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Turner South Cable Network, Rolling Stone Magazine, Self Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and most recently, in the May 2011 issue of GQ. The club is known for presenting up and coming new talent as well as showcasing legendary performers.

    In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine named the Orange Peel one of the top 5 rock clubs in the nation.

    The Orange Peel underwent an expansion in late 2009 to bring its capacity to 1,100 standing, as well as to add a smoking deck on the north side of the venue and a new 75-person private club on the lower level, called PULP. PULP features a funky retro atmosphere with rotating local art displays on its walls, a full bar, and a high definition TV showing a live feed of shows as they happen upstairs on the main stage. It is open during all show nights, and also for solo and acoustic performances during dark nights upstairs.

    Acts appearing on stage over the years at the Orange Peel have included Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, Damien Rice, Arcade Fire, Joan Jett, My Morning Jacket,Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Goodie M.O.B., Lucinda Williams, Cyndi Lauper, Modest Mouse, the Beastie Boys, and many more. The Smashing Pumpkins did a nine-show run in June 2007.

    By hosting not only concerts, but also benefits, galas, birthday parties, weddings, and even memorial services, 101 Biltmore Avenue has once again become a well-known address in Asheville. Ironically, The Orange Peel of the 1970’s billed itself as “The Original Orange Peel,”perhaps imagining a future for “The New and Improved Orange Peel“.

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  • The division of Cultural Events at UNC Asheville, “REAL Events” is an extraordinary member of our team and a great entity to have on one’s side.  We are very supported by all those who work so hard to keep our campus full of culture.

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  • We are overjoyed to have locally owned Image 420 as a sponsor. They are doing the printing of our very special “limited edition” (re)thinking event t-shirt. Thanks to one of Asheville’s best screen printers!

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  • We are proud to be sponsored by our very own UNC Asheville Bookstore, supplier of knowledge to Asheville’s students!

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