TEDx Martha’s Vineyard announces several speakers

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Ken Wentworth, Katy Decker and Liz Witham are collaborating on the Vineyard's first TedX conference. — Courtesy Liz Witham

TEDx Martha’s Vineyard, an independently organized and public TED Talk event, is scheduled for August 19 from 11 am to 6 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The curators, Katy Decker, Ken Wentworth, and Liz Witham, recently announced several of the speakers: Jon Ronson, author and screenwriter, “Men Who Stare at Goats;” Gary Foster, producer; “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant; Bevil Conway, associate professor of neuroscience at Wellesley College; Dmitri Tymoczko, composer and music theorist; Brian Gordon, founder of The Spotlight Program; illusionist and mentalist and Brad Benton; singer and composer Alan Palermo; and Shenandoah and Alabama ship captain Ian Ridgeway. Island musicians, poets, and artists will read, perform, and discuss between speakers.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a nonprofit organization aimed at inspiring in-person and online audiences via discussions led by influential volunteer speakers. Each speaker takes the stage for roughly 15 minutes to speak to an aspect of the talk’s theme in order to educate the audience about his or her area of expertise. TEDx events are independently organized versions of TED Talks.

TEDx Martha’s Vineyard, themed “Insanity, Genius, and the Creative Process,” will be the Island’s first ever TED-affiliated event. The event is scheduled from 11 am to 6 pm on August 19. Tickets range from $65 to $1,000. The talks will later be available on the TEDx youtube channel and on tedxmv.com.

TEDx Martha’s Vineyard is currently seeking donations and corporate sponsors. For more information, email Katy Decker at katy@sanmiguelsound.com.