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TedXNormal returns in person with “The Power of Two”

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TedXNormal was last held in person in 2019.

For the first time since the before the pandemic, life lessons and motivation will find their way back to Normal.

TEDxNormal returns in person for the first time in three years on Saturday. The Ted Talk series was canceled in 2020 and was hosted online in 2021.

The three-hour event at the Normal Theater in Uptown will feature 11 speakers.

Like all TED conferences, the event focuses on technology, entertainment, and design, said event organizer and previous TedXNormal presenter Kate Browne.

“We are bringing that Ted Talk experience right here to Bloomington-Normal,” Browne said. “These talks, when they are finished, are going to be viewed by millions of folks all around the world. This is an opportunity to see what’s happening in terms of innovation and big ideas right here in our community.”

The speakers focus on the topic, “The Power of Two,” that according to Browne, could have many interpretations — from mathematics, to career changes, even dog photography. It also ties into the year being 2022, and two years off from doing live shows following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets are on sale for $20 and are available on the TedXNormal website. There also will be a reception after the presentations at Bakery and Pickle in Bloomington for all attendees.

Erik Dedo is a reporting and audio production intern at WGLT. He joined the station in 2022.
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