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A Welcome ‘Disruption’

November 10, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

Eric Gnezda (left) will participate in TEDxColumbus 2015 on Nov. 20. He is shown here performing with professor Sean Kay. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

OWU’s Eric Gnezda to perform during TEDxColumbus 2015

When Ohio Wesleyan’s Eric Gnezda takes to the Capitol Theatre stage Nov. 20 in Columbus, the award-winning songwriter, Emmy-nominated journalist, and college educator will be performing before a sold-out audience.

But those who don’t yet have tickets for the seventh annual TEDxColumbus event, titled “Disruption,” are invited to watch Gnezda, a 1979 OWU graduate, and his fellow speakers and performers via a free webstream at Whitehall-Yearling High School’s Walter Armes Learning Center, 675 S. Yearling Road.

Gnezda, a lecturer in speech at OWU for the past decade, is also the creator and host of the WOSU-TV show, “Songs at the Center,” highlighting accomplished singer-songwriters. The show is broadcast at 12:30 a.m. Sundays and is available anytime online.

Gnezda’s national media credits include Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, PBS, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Nickelodeon, The Canadian Broadcasting Company, The ABC Radio Network, and Sports Illustrated.

As a journalist, he earned an Emmy nomination for a retrospective on the Munich Olympic massacre, which he produced for American television.

Gnezda holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Read more about Gnezda or learn more about TEDxColumbus 2015.