'McKendree Idea Lab' Seeks Speakers for 2017 Event

Educate, Inform and Entertain in a 12-16 Minute Talk

(LEBANON, Ill., March 22, 2016) - Can you educate, entertain or inspire an audience in 16 minutes or less? McKendree University seeks lively, engaging speakers on a variety of subjects for a new “McKendree Idea Lab” event next year.

Modeled after the popular TED Talks (on technology, entertainment and design), it will feature five informative and performative talks in one 90-minute event to be held onstage at the university’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on March 7, 2017.

“With the Idea Lab, we are trying to create an environment where information, creativity and performance combine to deliver a fresh and compelling evening of talks,” said Peter Palermo, director of the Hettenhausen Center. “Anyone who can present a thought provoking and exciting talk is encouraged to submit their idea.”

Each presentation must be 12 to 16 minutes in length. Topics should be appropriate for any age and background and of interest to a general audience. A committee will review the submissions and select five speakers. Each will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover expenses. The Idea Lab will be technology friendly so speakers are encouraged to incorporate displays, media and other visual elements into their talks.

Proposals will be accepted until September 1. To apply, include your name, phone number, email, past presentation experience, title of your talk, a one or two-sentence summary of the topic, a brief description with a bulleted outline of 5 to 10 topics to be covered, and a one to two-minute video showcasing your ability as a presenter. For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Peter Palermo, McKendree University, 701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL 62254, PJPalermo@mckendree.edu.