TEDxCharleston has announced its dynamic lineup of 20 speakers, artists and performers who will take the stage for the 6th annual event, “CURRENTS,” happening Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 and can be purchased at tedxcharleston.org. Tickets usually sell out in a matter of hours, so mark your calendars and set your alarm!
TEDxCharleston is an all-day immersion experience that is designed to enrich the Charleston community with presentations and entertainment from people right here in the Lowcountry. 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 welcomes 2017 TEDxCharleston speaker, Brian Sullivan, back to its stage as this year’s event emcee. The clinical psychologist and tech entrepreneur uses his talents and insatiable curiosity for how people think and behave to better understand how technology can bring us together.
TEDxCharleston have also announced this year’s stage design artist, Mary Edna Fraser. From outer space to the deep blue sea, this artist’s creative perspective captures the complex, wondrous patterns of land and water from high above.
“Our mission is to tap Charleston’s vibrant community for its influential ideas and life-changing experiences, and to provide idea makers a platform to share their ideas with Charleston and the worldwide TEDx network,” says Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston. “This year’s group brings new challenging and electrifying ideas to the table. To top it off, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Brian Sullivan back to the stage as our emcee, as he will guide the audience and presenters through the day with his insight, humor and excitement in sharing the TEDxCharleston experience.”
TEDxCharleston idea makers will inspire new waves, identify trends rising to the surface, and challenge the currents of our evolving community. Here is a snapshot of what to expect from this year’s lineup:
What words do women use to describe themselves? This founder and CEO of a soft skills training company says it’s time we break the patterns of language to reshape the narrative.
From plankton to CO2, this three-time Pulitzer prize-finalist reporter reveals some of the biggest climate change stories hiding in plain sight.
Sexuality today is drastically different from when parents were teenagers. This sexual assault counselor declares a new reality for the mental and emotional wellbeing of adolescents.
To combat the opioid epidemic, this orthopedic surgeon believes it’s time we focus on the prescribers of the problem: the doctors themselves.
Contact sports are in jeopardy unless we better detect concussions. This biotech entrepreneur says there’s a faster, objective solution that will benefit the health and safety of all athletes.
Can we treat cancer without side effects? With the use of nanoparticles, this researcher and college student supports chemotherapy treatments that still allow patients to live a full, optimistic life.
From ballet to contemporary, dance inherently flows from one movement to another as in this dancer’s connected performance.
How do we right a wrong, let alone an atrocity? This lawyer and affordable housing champion says we must first acknowledge with an apology to lead us toward a path of change.
Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore
This duo’s natural chemistry and love for jazz, gospel and soul enliven and remind audiences of the music meant to be shared and enjoyed together.
With his patented innovations, this champion and leader in the space of audio engineering is helping to restore and enhance the human senses.
How can we improve relations between citizens and the police force? This educator uses lessons in injustice to facilitate difficult, yet collaborative, conversations with the community.
The intersection of art and science is closer than ever, so let the music play on. This researcher explores how music stimulates the brain and opens doors for new medical treatments.
Nationwide, up to 40 percent of youth who experience homelessness identify as LGBT. To bring an end to this staggering statistic, this advocate proposes a different support structure.
Born to teenage parents, this financial counselor found out the hard way about the value of having credit. Now, she’s committed to helping others break the same cycle and achieve financial freedom.
With their intimate cast and modern interpretations of classics, this opera group can be found popping up on a moment’s notice in the most unlikely of spaces to bring fun and drama to the Lowcountry.
As long-duration human missions to Mars and other celestial spots become closer to reality, this NASA-funded neuroscientist is setting her sights on discovering how space impacts the human brain.
Never one to let his music fall on deaf ears, this hip hop recording artist and activist aims to inspire, mesmerize and connect his listening audience.
What you don’t know might kill you, which is why this research scientist and professor is determined to make AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) a household name.
More information about ticket sales and the 2019 event is available at tedxcharleston.org, along with all videos of past TEDxCharleston talks and performances.