Oakland University started in 1959, as the donated 1500-acre estate of Matilda Dodge Wilson, American Automaker John Francis Dodge’s widow at the time, and her second husband Alfred Wilson, which they named Michigan State University — Oakland, or MSU-O. The newly formed MSU-O had three buildings and an enrollment of 570 students. In 1963 it was renamed Oakland University. In 1970, Oakland University gained independence from Michigan State University (we’re good friends), and has been growing ever since.
Today, Oakland University, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, hosts a student population of over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has over 94,000 alum, over 150 bachelor’s, doctoral, master’s and certificate programs, and has a sister campus in downtown Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Many universities and communities in the metropolitan Detroit area, including Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the city of Detroit, have hosted TEDx events in the past. As supporters of TED, the organization, and these community TEDx events that have come to our area, we are thrilled to be hosting our second TEDx Oakland University event on October 23, 2015, in support of TED and our friends in the community. We are excited because TED truly is a special organization, and these events are truly one-of-a-kind ways to share ideas, inspire wonder, and bring the community together to celebrate innovation and provoke the imagination.