The University of South Carolina has gathered innovative thinkers and doers together
to share ideas with the greater community during TEDxUofSC 2020.
TEDxUofSC is going virtual in 2020! South Carolina hosts its first virtual TEDxUofSC
for the greater Columbia and university communities on Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Broadcast from the Columbia campus, the popular event is free and open to anyone in
October's collection of talks will be the second TEDx event held at the university,
building on the inaugural TEDxUofSC 2018 gathering. The Midlands legacy of TEDx programs also includes TEDxColumbiaSC, which
hosted four sold-out programs from 2012 to 2015, and TEDxYouth@Columbia, a program in more than 50 South Carolina schools.
While TEDxUofSC is free and open to the public, registration allows us to communicate
with you as the event approaches, understand the program's reach and maybe ask you
a few questions along the way.
Ph.D. Student, Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
Words have the power to connect us to ourselves and others. Archie Crowley will provide
a historical and cultural perspective to help the audience embrace linguistic evolution
concerning gender and identity.
Assistant Professor, School of Law
How can the U.S. revive our rural communities? Ann Eisenberg is an expert in rural
decline, and she has a vision for building a new, thriving rural America.
Professor, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Lorne Hofseth researches the link between chronic inflammation and cancer — specifically
colon cancer, which is becoming more common in younger adults. He will talk about
how a Western diet and lifestyle provides a hospitable environment for carcinogens
in the human colon.
Student, College of Pharmacy, and Retired Student-Athlete Kailey Mattison, a Pharm.D. candidate who medically retired from soccer while at South
Carolina, will share with parents tips for building off-the-field habits with their
kids to ensure that success on the field is matched with success throughout life.
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
The founding director of the university’s new Artificial Intelligence Institute, Amit
Sheth, is focusing on the use of AI as it pertains to augmented personal health. His
team develops apps and chat bots that keep patients with chronic illness in more regular
and robust communication with their health care providers. HIs team's work makes earlier
intervention possible when patients are in decline.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created an initiative called TEDx, which features self-organized, community-based events that bring people together within
a TED-like experience. TEDxUofSC is an independently organized TEDx event that features
TED Talks video as well as local speakers, which combine to spark deep discussion
and connection in a small group.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day
conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple
initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and
doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available,
for free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth
Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the
Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as
well as translations from volunteers worldwide; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish
to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports
individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the
world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around
the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.