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TEDxNaperville will be hosting an appearance, book signing, and public viewing of A&E Network’s special Dope Man, starring Naperville resident Tim Ryan. Dope Man is a chilling, yet profoundly hopeful look at the unexpected face of addiction through the eyes of Tim Ryan, an ex-con and recovering heroin addict. The special follows Tim, who, while battling demons of his own, is on mission to help others overcome their addiction in an unconventional and inspiring way.
TEDxNaperville will be hosting the appearance and viewing at the Yellow Box, located at 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540 on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 8:00pm-10:30pm. Admission is free. RSVP at https://tim-ryan-tedxnaperville.eventbrite.com
The television special features locations in Naperville and other surrounding communities in the Chicago area. “The thought of ‘it’s not happening in my community’ is complete crap,” Tim Ryan passionately proclaims. “The opiate pandemic is everywhere and it’s affecting everyone. People need to see that this is happening in our own backyards, and we need to talk about it!”
The appearance will include Tim Ryan signing his new book, From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery with time for audience Q&A.
TEDxNaperville is an annual free-thinking conference that gathers the Chicago area’s brightest minds together for a day-long exploration of ideas worth spreading. Since its inaugural event in May of 2010, it has become a major venue for propelling Chicagoland’s idea revolution. During the conference’s 2016 season, Tim Ryan recent talk exposed the local impact of the opiate epidemic. https://goo.gl/wMnTxd
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)