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TEDxMonterey Returns to Bring “Sea Change” to the Monterey Institute

TEDxMonterey Sea Change at the Monterey Institute

The Monterey Institute will host TEDxMonterey: Sea Change on April 13

March 22, 2012 - 12:00am

TEDxMonterey will return to the Monterey Institute on Friday, April 13 with a diverse group of speakers addressing the theme “Sea Change.” From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium, a series of speakers will offer insights around the central theme of our diverse human connections to the ocean and its resources from a wide variety of unique perspectives, including those of artists, entrepreneurs, research scientists, athletes, teachers, technology experts and conservationists.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, takes its format — which features notable speakers spotlighting “ideas worth spreading” in under 18-minute segments — from the internationally renowned TED conference (Technology Entertainment Design).

The lineup of speakers for TEDxMonterey 2012: Sea Change includes:

  • Whitney Anderson, scuba dive master and international marine policy student at the Monterey Institute
  • John Bates, interactive media pioneer and collaborator on an art and entertainment project inspired by the ocean, theblu.com
  • Dan Brayton, professor of literature and environmental studies at Middlebury College and author of Shakespeare’s Ocean: An Ecocritical Exploration
  • Gary Cline, commercial fisherman, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and sustainable development advocate
  • Lynne Cox, extreme open water swimmer and New York Times bestselling author
  • Colleen Flanigan, “living sea sculptor,” visual/performing/environmental artist, and senior TEDFellow
  • Melissa Garren, ocean scientist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology postdoctoral fellow focused on the effects of coastal pollution on marine life
  • Elin Kelsey, writer/consultant specializing in communicating science to the public and spokesperson for hope, resilience and the environment
  • Alan Lovewell, co-founder of Local Catch Monterey Bay, a community-supported fishery delivering sustainable seafood to local consumers
  • Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist, California Academy of Sciences research associate, founder/co-director of OceanRevolution.org, and founder of LiVEBLUE
  • Kyra Schlining, deep-sea biologist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • SpectorDance, a dance company specializing in works that celebrate the Monterey region’s natural environment and character
  • Jason Scorse, director of the Center for the Blue Economy and chair of the International Environmental Policy program at MIIS, and author of What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics
  • Mike Sutton, California Fish and Game Commission and Vice President and Founding Director, Center for the Future of the Oceans at Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Ann Wasser, ecologist and educator at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, advocate for citizen science
  • Selin Jessa, high school student from British Colombia, organizer of TEDxYouth Antartica

Additional information about the event can be found at the TEDxMonterey Website. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Continuing a practice from last year’s conference, all talks at this year’s TEDxMonterey event will be interpreted in real time into five different languages, with live-streamed video and interpretation available to a worldwide audience via the Web. This marks the third consecutive year that MIIS has hosted TEDxMonterey.

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