Attendees at TedxUofSC 2020


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 the world. 

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.

The event will be broadcast via Facebook Live, and you do not have to be signed into a Facebook account to watch. Simply go to at the event time; the live feed will be at the top of that page, beginning at 11:25 a.m.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you can watch the livestream here at this page. The embedded stream will appear by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

Please note: If you are on a Mac or iPhone and the live feed does not work initially in Safari, please open the page in Google Chrome instead. We have found that Chrome is a more reliable platform for this kind of viewing. 


Register Now

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.


Run of Show

We hope that you can tune in for the entire event, but here's some general information about the schedule in case you can't. Each talk lasts between 12 and 17 minutes. Please arrive several minutes early to account for variance.

11:30 — TEDxUofSC 2020 begins!

A short TED video will play while everyone arrives.

Introduction: University President Bob Caslen

Live show kickoff: host Rania Jamison

First talk: Archie Crowley

Second talk: Amit Sheth

Third talk: Ann Eisenberg

Fourth talk: Lorne Hofseth

Fifth talk: Kailey Mattison

Final thoughts: Rania Jamison


2020 Speakers

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Archie Crowley

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.

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Ann Eisenberg

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.

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Lorne Hofseth

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.

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Kailey Mattison

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.

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Amit Sheth

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 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, 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.

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TEDxUofSC is operated under license from TED.



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