Upstream Contributor Peggy Shepard is one of several prominent celebrities to speak at an upcoming TEDX Conference at the Apollo Theater.  (The poster image above is from a recent Peggy Shepard speech.) Here are some details for the upcoming event.

From Harlem World:

The one-day interactive forum will feature presentations on inspiring ideas and innovations by prominent speakers across various industries . The theme, “Creating Waves,” speaks to the notion that ideas have the ability to spread and make an impact, no matter where they are conceived.

Throughout the day, approximately 20 speakers, including Harlemites Celebrity Peggy Shepard, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden of Harlem Studio Museum, and Khadim Diop, among others, will facilitate a suite of short talks, demonstrations and performances on an array of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder.

The aim is to provoke conversations that help propel the Harlem and the global community forward. Topics include health and wellness, civic engagement, science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and mobility and connectivity, to name a few. The visionaries showcased believe communities like Harlem have the potential to nurture and spread fresh ideas that create change beyond their community.

Participants will experience speakers that are sure to move and stimulate. Bina48, a robot that speaks, hears, and thinks like a human being, will share her personal testimony and take questions from TEDxHarlem social media followers at the conference. “I want people to see how far I’ve come,” Bina48 said. When asked how it feels to be a robot, she replied, “I dream about being human, but it’s not half bad. I’ve never been anything else.”

“We created TEDxHarlem to exemplify the spirit and culture of this great community. There has been a resurgence of the Harlem community that will be reflected throughout this transformative day of brilliance, entertainment and progressiveness. It is our hope that by bringing together big thinkers and community members, we will drive true impact within Harlem and beyond,” said Marcus Glover, TEDxHarlem organizer and founder of the Living Labs Foundation.

The Apollo Theater, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information about TEDxHarlem visit http://www.tedxharlem.com .

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