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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUWLaCrosse, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Our 2014-2015 TEDxUWLaCrosse event, "What Makes Us Pause", was held January 29, 2015 and featured 6 Presentation from the UWL community.  Check out the video performances and images of the event on our flickr

What is the history of TEDx at UWL?

We held our first TEDxUWLaCrosse event, "Turning Points", in November, 2013 with six live speakers and a collection of TED videos curated by our student emcees.  Our 2014-2015 event, "What Makes Us Pause", was held January 29, 2015. TEDxUWLaCrosse has been happily housed and generously supported by UWL Murphy Library since 2015.

Our TEDxUWLaCrosse Organizing Committee meets bi-weekly; please contact us if you have questions or suggestions for our upcoming event!


Check out our next event!


The third season of  TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series discussions kicks off with New Role, New Me?: The Challenge of Identity Transitions

If you go —

What: TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series: New Role, New Me?: The Challenge of Identity Transitions with Dr. Dawn Norris
Where:  Institute for Campus Excellence, Room 150, Murphy Library, UWL
When: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Who: All members of the campus and surrounding community are welcome
Admission: Free.

Entering its third season, The TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series will kick off with the presentation of New Role, New Me?: The Challenge of Identity Transitions from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, September 19, at the UW-La Crosse Institute for Campus Excellence, Murphy Library.  The event opens with a presentation and group discussion facilitated by Dr. Dawn Norris, associate professor of Sociology and author of Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health (Rutgers University Press 2016).

At a TEDx salon, attendees watch TED Talks, listen to speakers, and have discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage the audience in the presentation model through the critical element of lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event and shape the conversation.

About the presentation

Entering and exiting roles can be challenging.  Even when transitions are positive and exciting, they can be hard on our mental health.  Things such as moving from high school to college, college to the full-time workforce, and starting or ending a romantic relationship all put a strain on our identities.  Identity, however, is more than just a personal matter - it is shaped by factors outside of ourselves.  This salon focuses on identifying these factors and concludes with working toward an “action plan” for a successful transition.    

About Dr. Dawn Norris

Dr. Dawn NorrisDawn R. Norris, Ph.D. is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a veteran of many, many identity transitions.  She takes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the intersections of identity, age, mental health, and work/occupations, with a special focus on identity transitions.  Her new book, Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health (Rutgers University Press 2016) examines what losing a job means for people’s identities and how that understanding affects their mental health.  Norris has also published in journals such as Symbolic Interaction, Research on Aging, and Teaching Sociology.  She lives in La Crosse with her husband and two cats named after sociologists.