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TEDx Sing Sing: December 3, 2014


Sometimes an event comes along that is so important and groundbreaking for our community that we are jumping out of our skin – this is one of them.  Sean Pica and the Hudson Link education people at Sing Sing have organized this incredible day – Jonathan Demme is filming it! This is a must! Link to Tedx SingSing Event Page. – Jeff
TEDxSingSing will focus on “Creating Healthy Communities”
December 3, 2014

On December 3, 2014, Sing Sing Correctional Facility will host TEDxSingSing, an independently organized TED event. TEDxSingSing will be the first TEDx event to take place in a New York State prison.

The theme for the event will be “Creating Healthy Communities.” Speakers will explore this concept from a variety of perspectives, including individual, physical, mental, and emotional health, and how to work together to build a nourishing and supportive community, no matter where you might be; even in a maximum security prison like Sing Sing.

A variety of exciting speakers will contribute, including Gina Belafonte, Majora Carter, Bryonn Bain, Dan Slepian, and Sing Sing Superintendent Michael Capra. Several of the men incarcerated at Sing Sing will also speak, read original poetry, and perform musical numbers. The event will be filmed by acclaimed producer and director, Jonathan Demme, with assistance from the Jacob Burns’ Film Center.

TED is a global community devoted to the power of ideas to help change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. The concept has become so popular in recent years that TED launched TEDx, a program that helps organizations independently organize their own events based on the TED model: A gathering of individuals to share ideas with one another in the form of a sequence of carefully curated talks on a variety of topics. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

The event is being organized by Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a nonprofit organization which provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women. The incarcerated men participating in TEDx are helping to create healthy communities through their involvement with Hudson Link’s college program, Rehabilitation thru the Arts, and the Carnegie Hall Music Program.

For more information, please contact:
Emily Gallagher
(914) 914-941-0794
Twitter: @TEDxSingSing

Tedx SingSing Event Page:

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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