MANCHESTER - On Saturday, Sept. 13, the first of three TEDxBattenkill events will be held at Maple Street School from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. TEDxBattenkill is an independently organized TED event featuring action-inspiring live talks by thoughtful leaders and innovators, a locavore lunch and networking reception where the public can meet the speakers, discuss, debate and be inspired by the talks.

Organizers of TEDxBattenkill, Michael Ellenbogen from Eons Creative and Kate Pace from Route 7 Social, selected seven "talks" from a field of entries and no m inations. Each "talk" is limited to 18-minutes and delivered by a high-ranking professional sharing a poi gnant experience or idea.

Dana E. Wal rath, Jon Bonfiglio and Joy Slu sarek will be the speakers at the TEDx Bat tenkill event.

Walrath will deliver the talk "Comics, Medice and Healing Through Story," which explores a new approach to the medical narrative of aging. She is a Fulbright Scholar, UVM professor, daughter of Alice with Alzheimers, an artist, author and anthropologist.

Bonfiglio will give a talk entitled "The Museum of What We Don't Yet Know," which approaches the notions of museums, memory and the unknown. A writer and explorer, Bonfiglio is Director of the Clipperton Project, an international interdisciplinary organization which uses notions of exploration to engage, energize and empower people all over the world.


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Slusarek is the owner of the retail store JOY All Things Under Things, which she opened when she realized many people in Manchester had to leave the area to purchase major clothing necessities. The realization led to a goal of helping women feel more comfortable about the bra shopping experience.

Seating for this event is very limited. For event details and to purchase tickets, visit www.TEDx Battenkill.org. Tickets include coffee and pastries upon arrival, seven live talks, a special locavore lunchbreak, and the after party at TED | Manchester Vermont which includes two drinks.

Sponsors of the event include Champlain College and Vermont Office of the Creative Economy.

For more information call Ellenbogen at (802) 768-8498 or Pace at (802) 379-3617.