Grace Street Theater, Richmond
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February 25, 2017

Trends, reoccurring events and circumstances. These are common ways we see patterns. Patterns are the laws of nature and life that present themselves in all disciplines of life – from the smallest microorganism to macrocosm. They manage the systems by which our universe operates. While patterns aren’t always apparent, they are continuous and autonomous.

Our theme explores the various ways patterns present themselves and their significance in our daily existence. TEDxVCU will present ideas that:

● define and clarify the existence of patterns
● identify occurrences that establish patterns
● identify occurrences that alter the course of patterns

2017 Speakers



Tickets are currently sold out.


Grace Street Theater


TEDxVCU Patterns will be held at the historic Grace Street Theater at VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. The building originally opened in 1935 as the Lee Theatre, a neighborhood movie theater showing second-run films. It served for a brief period in the late 1950s/early 1960s as an art house theater. In 1965 it became known as the Lee Art Theatre and began presenting adult films along with burlesque style dancers. VCU purchased the property in 1993 and after extensive renovations the building re-opened in 1996 as VCU’s Grace Street Theater. The theater is now the primary performing venue for VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography which operates the building and the box office. VCU’s Department of Art History and Cinema Program also uses the building for many of its classes and screenings. In addition to its University uses, the 225 seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, films, lectures, and other events.


Grace Street Theater is located at 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220, next to VCU Police and RamTech. Limited street parking is available on West Grace Street. Parking is available at West Broad Street Parking Deck, is directly behind the Theater. The parking deck is located at 1111 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220 with entrances on North Harrison and North Shafer Streets.



This is an approximate running schedule of events. Times are subject to change.

12:30PM — Doors open

1:00PM — Opening monologue by the MC Peter Lee

Section I: 1:07PM – 2:41PM

Alixander Laffredo-Dietrich

Ambassador Dr. Robin Sanders

Caroline Meyers

Aditi Sharma


Section II: 2:53PM – 4:04PM

Becky Crump

Paria Maghsoudi

Maggie Cullather

Lauren White


Section III: 4:16PM – 5:11PM

Pamela Ferrell

Caitlyn Scaggs

Elizabeth White

Amy Oestreicher

Closing Remarks by Peter Lee

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