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The University of South Carolina gathers innovative thinkers and doers together to share ideas with the greater community during TEDxUofSC.
TEDxUofSC went virtual in 2020! South Carolina hosted its first virtual TEDxUofSC for the greater Columbia and university communities on Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Broadcast via Facebook Live from the Columbia campus, the popular event was free and open to anyone in the world. More than 600 people registered for the online event. Thank you to our event partner, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, for helping us share our values of innovation and inspiration.
October's collection of talks was 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.
Words have the power to connect us to ourselves and others. Archie Crowley, a Ph.D. student in linguistics at South Carolina, provides a historical and cultural perspective to help the audience embrace linguistic evolution concerning gender and identity.
How can the U.S. revive our rural communities? Ann Eisenberg, associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and director of the Environmental Law Clinic, is an expert in rural decline, and she has a vision for building a new, thriving rural America.
There is a link between chronic inflammation and colon cancer. Lorne Hofseth, a professor in Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences and director of the university’s Center for Colon Cancer Research, shares how a Western diet and lifestyle provides a hospitable environment for carcinogens in the human colon.
Not everything you learn on the field of play translates to the rest of your life. Kailey Mattison, a Pharm.D. candidate who medically retired from the university's women's soccer team, shares tips for building off-the-field habits in young athletes to ensure that success on the field is matched with success throughout life.
Amit Sheth, founding director of the university's Artificial Intelligence Institute, is focusing on the use of AI as it pertains to augmented personal health. His research team develops apps and chatbots that improve communication between patients with chronic illness and their health care providers, making earlier intervention possible.
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. The event was a half-day experience that included 12 short, powerful TEDx talks, two artistic performances and an afternoon of inspiration.
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.
TEDxUofSC is operated under license from TED. For questions, email email@example.com.