V. S. Naipaul, the Nobel Prize winning writer, once said, “The World is always in Movement.” Join us on September 30, 2017, to be moved, move others and move the community. Be a part of this movement!

Venue: Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall




Cliff Johnson, Former Assistant US Attorney
Sierra Mannie, Education Reporting Fellow, Jackson Free Press
Alison Buehler, Community Health and Wellness Coordinator
Jake McGraw, Editor, Rethink Mississippi
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor, City of Jackson
Beau York, CEO, Satchel
Rick deShazo, Host, The Southern Remedy: The Doctor Is In
Jason Rosenberg, Professor, Experimental Musician
Qasim Rashid, National Spokesperson, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
Ashlee Kelley, Policy Analyst and Entrepreneur
Thomas Ward, Professor, Health Care History
Neal Stephens, Executive Vice President, STEPToday
Octavi Semonin, Development Engineer, Alta Devices
Brian Dolan, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder, Deep6 AI
Anna Stroble, Senior Manager, Horne LLP


About TEDx

(x = independently organized event)

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

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, 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; 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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