PITTSBURG — People are welcome to share their story about community collaboration at the next TEDx hosted by Pittsburg State University.
Last year PSU hosted its very first TEDx event, a local version of TED Talks which both share the mission of sharing in the “spirit of ideas worth spreading.”
“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,” a release said. “At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.  
“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.”
The inspiration to host a TEDx event on campus began spring 2018 with Courtney Blankenship, who was a senior in political science and communication at the time. Led by Blankenship and a steering committee a the TEDx event, themed “Diversity in Our World,” was hosted for the first time at PSU last spring.
Now that Blankenship has graduated, Sydney Anselmi, PSU director of community engagement has taken over as sponsor for the event.
The event featured 10 speakers — including a high school senior who has received acclaim for her work in helping girls apply technology to entrepreneurial and global issues, a pastor who wrote a statewide sabbatical policy adopted by churches across Kansas, and a first-generation African American college student who grew up in Los Angeles and now is an advisor to minority college students, a release said.
Organizers Anselmi and University Professor Mark Johnson, Technology & Workforce Learning, are hoping for an equally diverse slate of speakers this year, a release said.
Johnson said, “If people have never been they need to go, there are a lot of fascinating things to learn.
He said there are many things which go on in the community which would be worthwhile to be shared at the event.
And for people who have a story to share, he said, “if you have a purpose or reason, this is a way to solve social issues in the community and the perfect stage to do it,” Johnson said.
Auditions are open to students, faculty, and staff. Applicants have until Feb. 7 to submit proposals at http://bit.ly/tedxpittsburgstateuniversity.
Auditions will be held the week of Feb. 11, after which a panel of judges will select the speakers.
TEDx Pittsburg State University will be held March 26 in the Dotty & Bill Miller Theater of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.  
People may contact Anselmi at 620-235-4938 or Johnson at 620-235-4628 with any questions regarding the TEDx event, Johnson said. People may also send an email to tedxpittsburgstateuniversity@gmail.com.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.