TEDxUNC: Colorwheel will challenge audience members to rethink their notion of a black and white world and embrace a more nuanced and colorful understanding of humanity, taking into account the amazing diversity found across disciplines and cultures.

The conference will begin in the binary, wherein the world is seen as black or white. Speakers will discuss the problem with using this binary lens and provide a call to action to lift our collective consciousness. The conference will then introduce the invention of color (literally and metaphorically) as an alternative to the binary. Speakers will discuss how the invention or insertion of a color into their lives has changed their perception of the world. The conference will end with the exploration of the colorwheel. Speakers will cover multiple disciplines, in which the world is viewed with nuance and a diversity of expressions are accepted and celebrated. The conference will also feature local and national artists and performers sharing their understanding of the colorwheel.

Memorial Hall is fully ADA-compliant, and the entire conference will be live-interpreted in American Sign Language by Maria Perrot and Deborah Leisey.



TEDxUNC is a conference for big ideas: for the dreamers, for the innovators, and for the creatives. We hope to inspire UNC and the greater Chapel Hill community to think and discuss these ideas through a TED-style conference. TEDxUNC is held every February in Memorial Hall, and we hope to see you at the next one!

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxUNC, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Read more about TEDx here.

What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at

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