Bobby Bones, Maneet Chauhan lead TEDxNashville lineup

Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway

Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway

Astrophysicists, artists, celebrity chefs and clinical psychologists will be among the speakers at the eighth annual TEDxNashville. The two-day event, which will be held at TPAC Mar. 17-18, celebrates community building and “ideas worth spreading.”

Radio personality Bobby Bones and chef/restaurateur Maneet Chauhan lead this year’s diverse lineup of speakers, who will explore the program’s 2017 theme, “Illuminate,” in their short presentations. Great ideas are ignited by a spark and the goal…is to bring that spark to the Nashville stage to illuminate the invisible,” said Chris Moise, president of TEDxNashville.

Other speakers include Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway and Dr. Jerome Burt. For more than a decade, Dr. Burt, a Heritage Medical Associates psychologist, has used his clinical expertise to assist hundreds of individuals struggling with mood and anxiety disorders as well as relational struggles.

Dr. Jerome Burt

Dr. Jerome Burt

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and “American Idol” winner Kris Allen are among this year’s musical performers. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets ($65 for a two-day pass) went on sale to the public Friday at TEDxNashville.com. A limited number of presale tickets are now on sale for $50.

TEDx programs are local, independently organized events that bring people together for an experience similar to TED, a popular nonprofit devoted to sharing ideas and sparking conversation.