Speakers Announced for TEDxFSCJ: ENGAGE

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016



Speakers Announced for TEDxFSCJ: ENGAGE


WHAT:          TEDxFSCJ has revealed the presenters for its upcoming annual October event, which aims to elevate locally driven ideas.

TEDxFSCJ is a motivating one-day event inspired by TED and produced by a diverse group of FSCJ students, faculty and staff. This year’s theme of “Engage” challenges attendees to engage with ideas, social issues and different local Jacksonville communities.

TEDxFSCJ will feature talks from 10 speakers who directly or indirectly impact FSCJ and the Jacksonville community. Their presentations will convey thoughts and ideas that educate, ignite passion and leave a lasting impression. This year’s speakers and topics include:

  • Ranna Abduljawad – “Raising a Muslim Daughter in America”
  • Allishia Bauman – “Paying Positivity Forward with #withlovejax”
  • Jen Deane – “Mutual Rehabilitation: Inmates and Shelter Dogs Socializing Each Other”
  • Jessica Gregory – “Destigmatizing the Mentally Ill”
  • Rebecca Levy – “The Importance of Dance in the Community”
  • Marquiese Mervin – “The Importance of Diversity in Arts Education”
  • Emily Michael – “The Confluence of Imagination and the Body”
  • Travis Pinckney – “Moving from At-Risk to Action”
  • Rachel Rippey – “Changing the Cycle of Systemic Exclusion of People with Disabilities”
  • Jared Rypkema – “The Role of Storytelling in the Community”


Click here to view the full bios of this year’s TEDxFSCJ speakers. For more information, visit tedxfscj.com.

WHEN:          Saturday, October 8, 2016
                      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Florida State College at Jacksonville-Downtown Campus
101 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202


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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. 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.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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