STO Talks is a one-day conference shaped around a series of short, entertaining presentations from the most inspired St. Olaf College professors, students, staff, and alumni who are passionate about sharing their best ideas with the greater community. The talks will facilitate a new level of connectivity throughout the St. Olaf academic community through the sharing of ideas and innovations of how our critical thinking and unselfish ideals are preparing us to make a positive impact on the community around us.

It’s like TED, but at St. Olaf

Don’t know what TED is?

STO Talks are not ordinary classroom lectures, so get that thought out of your head. Instead, imagine the most engaging people in the St. Olaf community all gathered in one place, sharing their best ideas with you. Some talks will be as short as 5 minutes, and some will be as long as 15 minutes. Either way, prepare to be amazed.

The third annual STO Talks will take place this year on May 3, 2014 at St. Olaf College in the Lion’s Pause.¬†Archived video from last year’s conference can be found on our website at