TED Talks Education

News Release Date: 
April 24, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 24, 2013) -- Inspiring leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning will be featured in the first-ever “TED Talks Education.” This hour-long special airs Tuesday, May 7, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD.

TED is a non-profit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” TED has partnered with WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to co-produce the special with specially created content. Teachers and education advocates will deliver high-impact short talks on the themes of education and learning.

The program, taped before a live audience in New York, is part of the “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” public media initiative launched by CPB to help alleviate the epidemic of high school dropouts.

Musical performer and education advocate John Legend has been tapped to host “TED Talks Educationanddeliver a TED Talk as part of the program. Other speakers includePearl Arredondo, educator and advocate; Geoffrey Canada, educator, social advocate and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone; Angela Lee Duckworth, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; Bill Gates, technologist and philanthropist; Malcolm London, poet, teacher and advocate; Ramsey Musallam, educator and advocate; Rita F. Pierson, education and anti-poverty advocate; and Sir Ken Robinson, social activist, educator and most-watched TED Talk speaker on TED.com.

The program will also feature three short films profiling high school students with remarkable stories. The documentaries will be produced by Tony Gerber, two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker, and Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MacArthur Genius Award-recipient.

For more information about the special, visit: pbs.org/wnet/ted-talks-education.

NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET’s website (netNebraska.org/television).