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Interest is building for 2016 TEDxOshkosh that will feature at least four from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community who will discus a variety of conversation-provoking topics.

Tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 29 event, “A Shift of The Mind’s Eye” go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 and can be purchased at

The TEDxOshkosh event is expected to pack the Grand Opera House. Organizers note that the Grand Opera House box office is not handling TEDxOshkosh ticket sales. Cost is $89 for the all-day event.

TEDxOshkosh will feature 14 speakers live on stage, as well as five videos on the big on-stage screen from the archive. Attendees will experience the power of a great thought and the influence it can have over them individually and as a group. All viewpoints are welcome and organizers say they are excited for the conversations that will follow.

Among the speakers from the University:

  • Dale Feinauer, a UW Oshkosh professor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human resources and management, will speak on “Why Conflict is a Good Thing.” Feinauer says properly managed conflict can have many benefits; poorly managed conflict can be disastrous.
  • John Koker, dean of the College of Letters and Science, will speak on “Neither Created, Nor Destroyed–Waste to Energy” related to the biogas program at UW Oshkosh.
  • Grace Lim, a journalism and Universities Studies Program instructor at UW Oshkosh, will speak on “Finding Color in a Lily-White Community.” Her talk will explore the Humans of Oshkosh storytelling project and share lessons learned when students talked to strangers and shared more than 1,000 stories.
  • John Mayrose, assistant professor of music, will offer “Composing by the Numbers” about the way his inspiration for the act of composing music is derived from natural and mathematical phenomenon–using concepts from other disciplines to generate algorithms for musical patterns, durations and entire pieces of music.


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. Additional speaker announcements are forthcoming.

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