The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at Utah State University is pleased to present its sixth TEDxUSU event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated Daines Concert Hall. This year’s theme is Movement and will include 11 speakers. Ticket sales open Sept. 20.


The theme for TEDxUSU 2017 is Movement

“We’re especially excited this year to be in a venue that will be able to accommodate more than four times the audience members we’ve had in past years.” said Anna McEntire, director of TEDxUSU. “We’ve always had far more people try to get tickets than we’ve had seats for.”

In addition to more available seats, TEDxUSU organizers responded to survey results and reduced the price of student tickets to $15. Regular tickets are $25.

“We’re also happy to partner with Caine College of the Arts to highlight 2017 as USU’s Year of the Arts,” said McEntire. “Even more than before, we’ve selected talks and performances that showcase a variety of artists and creative thinkers.”

TEDxUSU speakers include USU faculty, staff and one graduate student along with two external speakers/performers. All talks capture TED’s “ideas worth spreading” vision through the theme of movement and within each speaker’s expertise. These short yet powerful presentations will focus on education,


This year’s USU speakers are:

Camille Litalien, a dancer and student of yoga, will speak about her experience with embodied learning, specifically how the body can discover the world through senses, memories and emotions.


Edd Hammill will explain how armed conflict in biodiverse hotspots impacts conservation efforts around the world.


Pamela Martin is a librarian who studies the effects of fake news. She will discuss how to discern trustworthy news in an information-centric world.


Stephanie Borrie will discuss entrainment, the act of syncing up with someone during a conversation. She will share her work on creating a model of entrainment for people with Parkinson’s disease.


Curt Radford, who teaches deaf studies, will discuss the way that movement translates to meaning in the world of a deaf person through sign language.


Marissa Vigneault sees the movement of people, or the ban of movement, as an important catalyst of art and culture. She will talk about the political importance of cross-cultural art in our world today.


Jason Spelbring will share his experiences teaching contact improvisation in theater. This method of storytelling uses movement by engaging every part of the body while acting.


Jennifer Sinor will relate her experiences growing up as a military dependent to describe the harm of normalizing trauma and how it is possible to heal from “ordinary” trauma.


Britany Chamberlain, a graduate student at Utah State, will talk about her research creating propulsion systems for small satellites. Chamberlain was also a speaker at the spring 2017 Ignite USU event.


TEDxUSU speakers are nominated by their peers and chosen based on topic and speaking ability through an audition process.

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Writer: Bentlee Rice | Office of Research and Graduate Studies |