April 10, 2021


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.

You are here because you want to know more about this TED-like event called TEDxRoseburg, where x = independently organized TED event.

TEDxRoseburg is an event where speakers will give individual talks on many topics, backed by science, data, and personal experience. The talks are chosen for their content and for being an idea worth spreading, having the possibility to change the world. For examples of past talks, check out our archives here.

This year’s theme is Ripples. We believe that the talks presented during the event are the first stone cast into the pond of ideas. Each talk has the ability to spread well beyond itself and grow to make a big impact in communities within and beyond our own.

Speaker Spotlight

Meet Susan Rochester

Born in Southern California, Susan Rochester moved to Oregon while in elementary school. She has been a photographer since the age of 12, and worked commercially before turning exclusively to fine art pursuits 20 years ago. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from the University of Oregon.

Her studio practice is based on contemporary and historic photographic process, drawing, painting, and book arts. She serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, where she teaches art history, book arts, and painting.

Rochester has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad. She has been a NEH Summer Scholar, and was part of a Fulbright-Hays research project in North Cyprus. She resides in Sutherlin, Oregon with her husband and three cats.

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