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TEDxWayPublicLibrary coming to Perrysburg

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

It's being called the TEDxWayPublicLibrary.

And the event focused on exploring different ideas is coming to Perrysburg from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, featuring five regional speakers.

The speakers are Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler; C.R. Kasprzyk, a composer; Ken Leslie an advocate for the homeless and founder of 1Matters.org; Timothy Marzullo, a neuroscience, and Julie Rubini, an author and philanthropist. 

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design and the goal behind this TEDx movement is to share "ideas worth spreading."

'Ted Talks are a great program that is inspirational and educational," Mr. Hosler said. "The bar is set high for me speaking."

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are on sale now for $35 each and may be purchased in person at Way Public Library or online at tedxwaypubliclibrary.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Each speaker will have 18 minutes or less, meaning speeches are tightly edited, carefully considered with a reason. Then the talking will take place in a casual and intimate setting to encourage mingling and sharing of ideas among speakers and audience members.

Mr. Hosler will talk about the rise, fall, and rebirth of the "Big Three" automotive companies, and how it relates to the challenges that face schools in the United States. 

"Education is an important part of society and the future of the community," Mr. Hosler said. He joked he'll probably be the weak link with the other speakers because he is anxious to hear what they have to say. 

Composer Kasprzyk will explain the different parts of natural and man-made sounds. He works with electronics, saxophone, video, and "free improvisation."

Mr. Leslie, who was homeless during his "partying" days, became a comedian and now is an advocate for the homeless.

Mr. Marzullo is working to create inexpensive equipment to give tools for those studying neuroscience. He will give live demonstrations and talk about the easy opportunities to study neuroscience and how it shouldn't give you a headache.

Author Rubini of Maumee will share her story of love, loss, and remembrance of the birth of a book festival, Claire's Day, named in honor of her daughter. Claire's Day is every third Saturday in May. During the event the Maumee Branch Library is filled with the sights and sounds of children of all ages enjoying all that Claire held dear: books, storytellers, music, hands-on activities, and the celebration of special readers.

Included in the ticket price are catered snacks and fresh-roasted epicurean coffee and a swag bag which includes an exclusive TEDxWayPublicLibrary T-shirt and other mementos of the event. A photo booth and other surprises are planned for ticket holders.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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