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Announcing TEDxWomen 2012 Sessions

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We are pleased to announce our TEDxWomen 2012 Session themes, descriptions, and order. We are also pleased to announce a very special closing session this year, hosted by the ever amazing Eve Ensler. We will be announcing more confirmed speakers over the next 4-6 weeks.

November 30, 2012

6:00 – 7:30 pm EST
Session One: Poverty and Plenty

The space between having a little and having a lot

December 1, 2012

8:30 – 10:00 am EST
Session Two: Fact and Faith

The space between what we think we know and what we believe

10:45 am – 12:15 pm EST
Session Three: IQ and EQ

The space between our intellectual and emotional intelligence

2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
Session Four: The Mirror

The space between what we see and what is true

4:15 – 5:45 pm EST
Session Five: Endings and Beginnings

The space between disruption and moving on

6:15 – 7:45 pm EST
Session Six: THE RISING

It is the space between seeing and doing; between knowing and responding; between staying in the dark and seeking the light.

Eve Ensler at TEDWomen 2010

THE RISING is the space between seeing and doing; between knowing and responding; between staying in the dark and seeking the light.

Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, author of The Vagina Monologues, Emotional Creature, the secret life of girls around the world, and many other books and plays, and founder of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women and girls, is the guest curator for this session. She describes the session this way: 

I am thinking about Leonard Cohen’s line “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

When I think of space, I think of cracks. I think of light and wind. When I think of wind, I think of change.

When I think of change, I think of rising. 

This session is a call to light, a call to wind, a call to rising. 

It is a rising that comes through the interplay of words, song, humor, images, and the body.

 It is a rising that comes…

When a visionary and brave chief prosecutor determines to enforce laws that protect women all over the world.

When a poet speaks uncomfortable truths in irresistible incantations. 

When a photographer documents the sexual identity of those forced to the margins and sets them free.

When a comedian finds funny in the face of madness and power.

When a singer belts out an anthem and we Dance and Rise because we must, because we can. 

This session brings together a singer, a comedian, a prosecutor, a photographer, and a poet, all of whom are calling up another way of being and seeing, all of whom are part of One Billion Rising, a global campaign that will be revealed at the end of the session and the conference with a call to participate: to RISE and DANCE and SING and SHIFT A GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS.

Confirmed Speakers in THE RISING session:

Eve Ensler


iO Tillett Wright

Photographer, Artist & Activist with Self Evident Truths

Fatou B. Bensouda

Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes

New Orleans Poet

Kate Clinton



6 Responses to Announcing TEDxWomen 2012 Sessions

  1. Maggie Boys says:

    This looks fantastic! I second the question about webcast or other remote or subsequent access. The title is provocative, the line-up is powerful and I want to start a rumor about the surprise guest speaker!

  2. J says:

    Will this session be available for me to subscribe to webcast?

  3. Eliza says:

    When is registration open?

  4. Ann O'Flanagan says:

    Cant wait. EVE is my hero and the others sound incredible. I have to see this

  5. Xing says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait for the new TEDxWomen session. Can I know when will the registration open? Wher is the link? I gotta ge myself prepared not to miss:))