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TEDxWVU announces speakers for April event: “What’s Next?”

West Virginia University’s TEDxWVU event “What’s Next?” April 9, in the WVU Canady Creative Arts Center Gladys Davis Theater will feature four speakers.

Lauren Marquart, Rebecca Erwin, Rania Zuri and Dr. Clay Marsh will address a variety of topics encouraging visionary conversations and spreading new ideas.

The TEDxWVU team has a goal of creating unity within the community and beyond.

Marquart is a freshman at WVU studying elementary education. Her talk discusses giving students an education that is equitable as well as equal.

Erwin is a senior at WVU studying chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish. Her talk will highlight the need to advocate for diversity not just in numbers, but in the freedom to authentically express gender, sexual and cultural identity in work and academia.

Zuri is a junior at Morgantown High School. Her talk will focus on addressing book deserts in rural America, and will discuss how we can move forward to work to improve literacy rates in our nation.

Marsh is the chancellor and executive dean for WVU’s Academic Health Science Center and WVU’s chief health officer. His talk will discuss how we heal after COVID-19 and explore his experiences from the field.

Tickets for the TEDxWVU “What’s Next?” are now on sale at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices and at General admission tickets are $19 for the general public and $9 for WVU students with a valid WVU Student ID (limit one discounted ticket per valid ID).

TEDx is a program of locally organized events that brings the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDxWVU was founded in 2017 by WVU students to create a space for ideas worth sharing. The
organization has nearly 30 members who work throughout the academic year to produce a TEDx event for the university and surrounding Morgantown community.

For more about TEDxWVU, visit, or Twitter (@TEDxWVU, #IfNotUsWho), Instagram (@tedxwvu) or Facebook (TEDxWVU).