On Oct. 9, 2018, the University of South Carolina brought together innovative thinkers and doers to share their ideas with the world for the inaugural TEDxUofSC.

About TEDxUofSC

TEDxUofSC was a half-day experience that included 12 short, powerful TEDx talks and artistic performances in an atmosphere of innovation, connection and inspiration. We would like to thank everyone who joined us on Oct. 9; we hope you enjoyed the immersive, dynamic afternoon as much as we did.  

TEDxUofSC was held in the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Parking was available at an hourly rate in the Park Street Garage, which is adjacent to the Alumni Center and accessed from Pendleton and Park streets. Metered parking was available along the streets around the Alumni Center.


As part of our TEDxUofSC programming, we were excited to present two creative works. The first, “Misery is Optional: Recollections of Recovery,” was a theatrical piece that shined a light on a disease that affects 23 million Americans. Dewey Scott-Wiley, professor of theatre at USC Aiken, and professional actor Christine Hellman performed. David Cutler of the University of South Carolina’s School of Music gathered a cadre of musicians from the university and our greater community to share a new take on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. This performance featured:

  • Craig Butterfield, bass
  • Matthew Castner, alto saxophone
  • David Cutler, conductor
  • Doug Graham, clarinet
  • Edwin Hamilton, drums
  • Lauren Meccia, tenor saxophone
  • Isabel Ong, violin
  • Mark Rapp, trumpet
  • John Vail, guitar
  • Michael Wilkinson, trombone. 


  • Doors opened at noon.
  • Talks began at 1 p.m.
  • There were two "talk sessions," with a coffee break in between.
  • The event concluded at approximately 6 p.m. 


A 21st-century university relies on the free exchange of ideas to help transform our culture and our world. The ‘TED Talk’ was designed with one simple idea in mind: to promote ‘ideas worth spreading.’ TEDx is a natural fit for our campus and will provide a tremendous showcase for some of the most innovative people in the Carolina family.

President Harris Pastides



  • Kassy Alia

    Kassy Alia

    Kassy Alia spoke about how to build authentic trust between law enforcement and citizens.

  • Derek Black

    Derek Black

    Derek Black wants to teach us to discern fact, nuance and noise in the “news” we encounter daily.

  • Juan Caicedo

    Juan Caicedo

    Juan Caicedo presented the technological innovation of sensing vibrations in a home to monitor for falls and similar accidents.

  • Kimani Davis

    Kimani Davis

    Kimani Davis spoke about how to address challenges formerly incarcerated individuals face when re-entering society.

  • Parastoo Hashemi

    Parastoo Hashemi

    Parastoo Hashemi says, “Your dog can tell when you’re sad. We should be able to figure that out, too.”

  • Ronda Hughes

    Ronda Hughes

    Ronda Hughes is combing big data to create individualized patient profiles that can highlight risks for hospital readmission.

  • Shigeharu Kobayashi

    Shigeharu Kobayashi

    Shigeharu Kobayashi encouraged us to recognize and challenge our own definitions and creative parameters.

  • David Matolak

    David Matolak

    David Matolak is building better radios that will allow for more information sharing and safer air travel.

  • David Shields

    David Shields

    David Shields shared the impact of politics and science on what we eat through his story of reintroducing forgotten South Carolina foods.

  • Sarah Simmons

    Sarah Simmons

    Sarah Simmons is using vocational pathways to help others find success and bolster the area’s economy.

  • Seth Stoughton

    Seth Stoughton

    Seth Stoughton discussed guardian policing, which defines the role of the officer as “protecting civilians from unnecessary indignity and harm.”

  • Lyric Swinton

    Lyric Swinton

    Lyric Swinton shared a compelling written piece dealing with her experiences with stereotypes.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. For questions, email Katherine Dyke, TEDxUofSC Organizer, at kdyke@sc.edu. For media inquiries, email John Brunelli at brunelli@mailbox.sc.edu.