At the end of February, TED will present TED2012 Full Spectrum, a four-day series of lectures and events. The latest of TED’s acclaimed conferences will feature over 50 speakers, presenting on topics from space archaeology to beatboxing, secret-keeping to ethnobotany; each will have 18 minutes of stage time to discuss their topic, explaining what they’ve learned in their field and what listeners can take away from their experiences.
TED2012 will run from Tuesday, Feb. 28 to Friday, March 2, with lectures taking place in Long Beach and streaming online for international viewers.
The conference is broken into 12 “sessions,” each with a theme uniting talks from various and eclectic presenters. In true TED form, guests from vastly different backgrounds are slated to speak together, giving unexpected and fresh takes on topics; for example, a session on the theme “The Courtroom” includes a lawyer, a marketer, a cultural analyst, a cognitive neuroscientist and… a clawhammer banjo player? You’ll have to tune in to find out how they all fit together.
Session 1: The Observatory
Session 2: The Library
Session 3: The Dinner Party
Session 4: The Lab
Session 5: The Earth
Karen Bass (natural history filmmaker); Sharon Beals (photographer); Wade Davis (anthropologist, ethnobotanist); James Hansen (climatologist); T. Boone Pickens (entrepreneur, energy theorist); Civilians Investigative Theatre (theater company)
Session 6: The Crowd
Session 7: TED Prize… The City 2.0
Session 8: The Courtroom
Session 9: The Design Studio
Session 10: The Campfire
Session 11: The Classroom
Bill Nye (science guy); Ainissa Ramirez (science evangelist); Aaron Reedy (teacher); John Bohannon + Black Label Movement (science writer, dance troupe); Al Vernacchio (sexuality educator, teacher); Kate Messner (author, educator, speaker); Angie Miller (language arts teacher); Awele Makeba (storyteller, teaching artist); Rafe Esquith (educator)
Session 12: The Moment
Catch up on past TED talks; there are hundreds available online. (Reddit users have also put together this spreadsheet of every TED talk, each with a comprehensive popularity index.)