In Plain Sight | 2015


Randy Wadkins | 2015

Imagine shrinking down robots to a size so small that they can be injected into humans. Imagine them swimming around in our bodies until they reach the sites of disease, where they apply treatment. That future is called nanomedicine, and it is almost here.


Mitchell Robinson | 2015

Diversity is a necessary component for a healthy and functioning community, while biodiversity is the metric for productive ecosystems. These two terms are not mutually exclusive, but rather codependent and essential for addressing matters of culture and conservation on a planet whose landscapes and societies are evolving at an unprecedented pace.


Gregory Hayworth | 2015

What if there were a technology to recover these lost and unknown texts? Imagine worldwide how a trove of hundreds of thousands of previously unreadable and unknown works could change our knowledge of the past! What new classics would we discover that could rewrite the canons of literature, history, music, mathematics, philosophy, political science? Or more provocatively, how could they rewrite our cultural identities, building new bridges between cultures and people?


Matthew R. Wilson | 2015

Are some things always funny?  While most jokes rely on cultural context, comic performers throughout history have found common sources of amusement that transcend linguistic or national boundaries. Actor and historian Matthew R. Wilson finds the funny in character types from Greco-Roman comedy, Commedia dell'Arte, Kyōgen, and contemporary film and television.


Chris McCurdy | 2015

Peripheral nerve injury, as a consequence of trauma, surgery, inflammation, or other causes, is a major medical problem. Diagnosis and treatment are still considered as unmet medical needs. This TED talk discusses exciting new paths to treating nerve damage.


David Rock | 2015

Education can change the world! What should be our focus if we truly want to make a difference using education?  This talk shares a list of focal points that can lead to change through education.


Marc Slattery | 2015

The evolution of multidrug-resistant infectious diseases has required the continued search for sources of new drugs and coral reefs are the focus of recent attempts to identify drugs from the sea. However, coral reefs worldwide are declining due to increasingly common threats from climate change, pollution, disease, and overfishing. Conservation and sustainable use of these important coral reef habitats are crucial for many reasons, not the least of which is their role in mankind’s current and future attempts to stem the tide of drug resistance.


Catherine Janasie | 2015

We treat water like it is both free and limitless. This first part is mostly true. The second part isn’t true.



Michèle Alexandre | 2015

The political is personal. The personal is political. And, it all starts and ends with language. In this talk, Michèle asks the audience to think carefully about how coded and gendered words negatively impact not only women, but society at large. With one word, we have the power to affirm or destroy, to liberate or create sub-hierarchies that continue to dehumanize others.


Laura Johnson | 2015

In a global, multicultural world, Dr. Laura R. Johnson claims that everyday interactions are cross-cultural and that positive engagement is the answer to a peaceful society. Laura shares tips for the viewer’s own cross-cultural journey by offering intriguing images and stories from her life and work in international psychology. From being mistaken for a dead person, to collaborating with traditional healers, and working with refugees, Laura illuminates the stunning bias in psychology and encourages us to connect, care and collaborate with others.


Choice, Chance, Change | 2017


Anne Quinney | 2017

Imagine your favorite book. What if you never read it? Or if the ending were different from the one you know and love? How would it change your overall sense of the work? Or affect your feelings about the author? UM Professor of French Anne Quinney explores the subject of editorial censorship—how a book is subjected to censorship even before it gets published. She suggests ways for us to become reflective literary citizens by asking questions about what we read: Am I reading what the author wrote? Or how she or he understood it? Was a “dangerous” book suppressed and replaced with what we have in print along with a softer message? What is the effect of a mistranslation, however slight, on the overall meaning of the foreign work brought out into English? Learn the backstory in order to get the full story behind the books we love.


Dr. Joe Campbell | 2017

If a person is drowning would you try to save them? If a person begins choking next to you at a restaurant, would you try to save their life with a Heimlich maneuver? Dr. Campbell discusses the new use of the old anesthesia drug Ketamine that has been shown to decrease suicidal tendencies in severely depressed patients. He explains the use of this drug to provide a pharmaceutical lifeboat that may other treatment modalities time to take effect.


Josh Mabus | 2017

What's the difference between quitting and failing? How do you know when to keep pushing forward versus giving up or starting over? In this engaging talk from serial entrepreneur Josh Mabus learn the difference between quitting and failing.


Katherine Dooley | 2017

In this talk, Dr. Dooley speaks about her work on proving Einstein right. Her research is focused on designing improvements to the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in collaboration with colleagues in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Katherine reviews the history of the experiments that led to this breakthrough and show that in large-scale science, although we can still find heroes who opened up new venues, many individual researchers operate behind the scenes. Such a workforce will be all the more necessary for building the next generation of gravitational wave detectors around the world, which will be specialized to hear different tones of the sound spectrum from space.


Patrick Woodyard | 2017

Mindful business: While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick was introduced to the broken Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets. Having had extensive exposure to such potential juxtaposed with a lack of access in other developing countries, Patrick developed a vision to push the fashion industry in a new direction by serving as one of the first fashion brands to deliver a superior yet ethically-produced product to consumers.


Rory Ledbetter | 2017

Is your breathing restricted right now, and would you even know if it was? Professional actor, director, and self-development coach Rory Ledbetter studies what happens when you release your breath and focus on gratitude in moments of stress or panic. Ledbetter explains why we should pay more attention to the connection between our thoughts and our breathing and presents a new technique called Connective Flow that can immediately improve your awareness and reduce your level of stress. Professional artist and self-development coach Rory Ledbetter studies what happens mentally and physiologically when you release the desire to speak. Ledbetter explains why we should celebrate moments of deep breathing in silence and presents new techniques that can immediately calm your mind.


Shannon Cohn | 2017

Do you know the most common, debilitating disease that most people have never heard of? Every year, countless women are forced to leave careers they love, abandon dreams of having children, watch their personal relationships suffer and live in unspeakable pain. Endometriosis: It affects an estimated 176 million girls & women, yet takes an average of 10 years & 8 doctors to diagnose. Many doctors and even loved ones tell them to toughen up, live with the pain or it's all in their heads. Filmmaker and activist Shannon Cohn explores this troubling phenomenon & why historically women's pain hasn't been taken seriously. She asks: What does the widespread prevalence of this misunderstood, devastating disease say about the world we live in & what do we all risk by ignoring the voices of so many women?


Susan Grayzel | 2017

By now, it feels like there can’t be anyone who hasn’t seen the sign with its white letters on the sharp red background: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Even more likely, we’ve seen what feel like infinite variations: “keep calm and smile on;” “keep calm and study hard;” “keep calm and rock on;” or even “sod calm and get angry.” But behind the popular resurgence of this 1939 British wartime slogan is an important story about how the age of air power shifted the relationship of individuals and their states in ways with which we are still grappling. What role would non-combatants have in the wars after 1918? What could states ask of their entire populations—from children to the elderly and including men and women of all walks of life? What does it mean that they asked them to “keep calm and carry on?” And why does this development still matter?


MomentUM | 2018


Brian Foster | 2018

In this unique talk, Brian Foster explores the relationships and the music that define him. I grew up in Shannon, Mississippi, a town with one flashing light, a grocery store, and tradition as deep as the red in the dirt roads—roads that led to houses and grave sites, histories and openness. I grew up a lover of music and words. My soundtrack was late-90’s era Memphis rap, from Playa Fly to Three Six Mafia to La Chat. My writing was mostly poems and short stories, strange compositions about coming of age in Mississippi. Today, as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they have stayed the same. I’m still growing up, though I suppose now I’m a little bit further along. I still write about being black in the South. And, I still bump old Memphis rap—yes, I’m going to do this—like it’s 1999.


Emily Frith | 2018

Creative thinking is a complex process, where the goal is not merely to be creative, but to produce a solution that has value, either on a personal level or on a broad scale. Creative problem solving is used for tasks as simple as using a safety pin to pick a lock, or as complex as making a scientific discovery. A crucial distinction of creative thought is that it is highly personal. In this talk, Emily talks about how you can find your creativity.


Josh Horton | 2018

Ten units of energy yields just one unit of results. This is critical to personal momentum in addiction recovery and criminal justice. It’s time to stop addressing addiction as a stigmatized moral failure, and start re-integrating those who have been pushed to the fringes of society.


Janet McCarty | 2018

Being introduced to simple, instinctual behaviors from an unconventional mentor can transform the human perspective and the way we pursue our goals and dreams. Janet will introduce a few simple behaviors she learned from her mentor and applied to her life. Putting these behaviors into practice gave Janet a unique perspective on life, allowing her to achieve her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Janet McCarty is an entrepreneur.


Leena Patel | 2018

Gamulation is the practice of using games and simulations to improve teaching and learning, specifically in the workplace. Wouldn’t work be a better place for most of us if we were having more fun? “When you marry traditional learning with gamulation, you revolutionize the way people learn, the way people interact, and the way people lead at work. Employees across the board will be happier for it and businesses have a higher chance of thriving from it. Gamulation sparks engagement, connection, and innovation, while making work seriously fun.


Jacy Reese | 2018

Clean meat — real meat made from animal cells without animal slaughter — and social solutions informed by breakthroughs and historical successes will eventually allow for an ethical and efficient food system where slaughterhouses are obsolete.


Elsie Andre | 2018

In this engaging talk, 8th grader, Elsie Andre explains how travel has impacted her life, how it can impact yours, and simple ways to travel even when you don't leave your home. Just an 8th grader at Lafayette Middle School, Elsie is the youngest speaker to have taken the stage at TEDxUniversityofMississippi. But, don't let her age fool you. She has gained a wealth of experience traveling and she uses the stage to share why we should all get out a little more and offers some surprising tips on how to make that happen.