Bobby Bones, Ann Powers, More to Speak at TedxNashville

Bobby BonesKen Paulson, Ann Powers, and more have been tapped as speakers for the 2017 TEDxNashville Illuminate event on March 17-18 at TPAC. The trailblazers in their fields will talk of their experiences, knowledge, visions, and more on topics including the future of space travel, Chinese philosophy, robotics, criminal justice, urban street art, mindfulness, superbugs and more. The annual event, now in it’s eighth year, has grown to become one of the premiere TEDx conferences around the country, selling out each year.

Rodney Crowell and Kris Allen have signed on as performers for the event.

More information on the event can be found at

The full line up of 2017 TEDxNASHVILLE conference speakers:
Dr. Julie Adams (Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering)
Miles Adcox (CEO of ONSITE)
Dr. Jerome Burt (Clinical Psychologist at Heritage Medical Associates)
Judge Sheila Calloway (Nashville Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge)
Maneet Chauhan
Bobby Bones
Eva Boros ( Founding member of Nashville Walls Project)
Dr. James Crowe (Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
Tom Eastham (United Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center (May 1979 to April 2011))
Lisha Lecari (Director, Music and the Brain)
Natalie Hinkel (Planetary Astrophysicist VIDA Postdoctoral Scholar Vanderbilt University),
Shaka Mitchell (TN Regional Director at Rocketship Education)
David Owens (former head of Griffin Tech current Innovation professor at Vanderbilt)
Ken Paulson (Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU, former editor-in-chief of USA Today and current President of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center)
Kira Pollack (TIME Magazine Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise)
Ann Powers (Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music)
Michael Puett (Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University)
Dr. Stephen Schlozman (Assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Author of Zombie Autopsies)
Dr. David Vago
Dr. David Wright ( Vanderbilt  Director of LIGHT–Laboratories for Innovation in Global Health Technologies)



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