If you're lucky enough to get an entire day off of work, head to this year's TEDxCharleston.
Tickets are now on sale for TEDxCharleston 2019, taking place on Wed. April 10. The lineup of 20 speakers, artists, and performers was announced today and includes a range of local folks from hip-hop star Benny Starr to financial counselor Anetra Smalls. What this wide and varied list of speakers have in common, though, is the topic: Currents.
In a press release TEDxCharleston, which is curated by Edith Howle
, defines Currents for us: "This year’s theme, Currents, sets the tone for talks and performances that examine powerful, persistent and often unperceived forces that enhance our world and inspire transformation — and the action we might take from them."
TEDxCharleston speaker from 2017, clinical psychologist, and tech entrepreneur Brian Sullivan, serves as this year's event emcee. This year's stage design was created by Mary Edna Fraser, tapping into the local artist's ability to capture the patterns of land and sea.
And now, for those "idea makers:"
is the founder and CEO of a "soft skills training" company
, Practical Dramatics and is looking to "break the patterns of language to reshape the narrative."
Three time Pulitzer-prize finalist
reporter Tony Bartelme
will discuss climate change during his TEDx talk. Bartelme is currently the senior projects reporter for the P&C.
Sexual assault counselor Stephanie Boye
will talk about the mental and emotional
wellbeing of adolescents.
is an orthopedic surgeon looking to combat the opioid epidemic by looking more closely at those who prescribe the drugs.
Also in the medical realm, biotech entrepreneur Ryan Fiorini
wants to looks more closely at how we detect concussions.
will discuss the use of nanoparticles to treat cancer without side effects. According to TEDx, Frederico, "supports chemotherapy treatments that still allow patients to live a full, optimistic life."
Dancer Annaliesa Gowe
will perform, highlighting both contemporary and more classical forms of dance.
CEO of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the general counsel for the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, Melissa Maddox-Evans
is an affordable housing champion who says "we must first acknowledge with an apology to lead us toward a path of change."
and Kanika Moore
are Charleston natives who perform music that features elements of jazz, gospel, and soul.
, founder and CTO of Wave Sciences
, is a leader in the space of audio engineering.
Educator and senior pastor at Mount Zion AME Church, Kylon Middleton seeks to improve relations
between citizens and the police force, using "lessons in injustice to facilitate difficult, yet collaborative conversations with the community."
is a researcher who explores how music stimulates the brain and "opens doors for new medical treatments."
Former executive director of We Are Family and current director of operations
at Housing for All, Melissa Moore
, wants to bring an end to a staggering statistic: up to 40 percent of youth who experience homelessness identify as LGBT.
is a financial counselor committed to helping others achieve financial freedom.
, founded by Katie Small
, is just what the name implies — a small group of opera singers popping up all over town, bringing this art form to the Lowcountry in a fun and accessible way.
NASA-funded neuroscientist Donna Roberts
wants to see how space impacts the human brain.
Hip-hop recording artist and activist Benny Starr
is here to inspire, mesmerize, and connect.
Research scientist and professor David Turner
wants to make AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) a household name. According to the internet
, AGEs are "known to contribute to increased oxidant stress and inflammation, which are linked to the recent epidemics of diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
You can buy tickets for $65 (through Feb. 26) for the April event online at tedxcharleston.org