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TEDx at Howard University

Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies

TEDx Howard University


The Howard University Office of the Provost for Research and Graduate Studies is sponsoring its third TEDxHowardUniversity event on September 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Ballroom, 2397 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059. 

The theme of the event is "Glorious."

Topics will include innovative ways to address the worldwide dilemma of mass incarceration, especially among African American males, exciting new NASA discoveries, human-plant co-evolution, and other topics. The Howard University Andrew Rankin Chapel Choir will provide inspirational entertainment.
In the spirit of spreading new ideas, TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged.  Today, topics range from science to business to global issues - in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. The organization passionately believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for seating in advance of filming.  Registration will be online at<

For more information, contact Dr. Cherie Ward, TEDxHowardUniversity executive producer, at,  202-806-6800


Dr. Gwen Bethea at



Established in January 2015, TEDxHowardUniversity is an independently organized platform to network, discuss and share with a multicultural, diverse audience "ideas worth spreading."   

The event also is an opportunity to share these ideas with a global audience of residents, scholars, and students of the Washington area's consortium of colleges and universities, including the Howard University community, as well as the international visitors to the nation's capital, the economic, political, and cultural center of the world. 

TEDx at Howard University

TEDxHowardUniversity 2016 speakers included:

  • Dr. Georgia M. Dunston, HU National Human Genome Project Center, on recovery as a product of one’s human genome makeup and heredity;
  • Haely Jardas, 2015-16 Miss District of Columbia, whose platform focuses on mental health, addressing the misconception of beauty;
  • Dr. Legand Burge, HU Computer Science Chair, and Dr. Grant Warner, HU professor and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, addressing entrepreneurial aspects of recovery; and
  • Dr. Robert Shepard, HU alumnus, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, on his journey to becoming an internationally-recognized African-American scientist in the field of chemistry.
  • Dr. Gary L. Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, on 150 years of academic and research excellence at Howard University.
  • Vocalist Miriam Wright, formerly of the Peaches and Herb Review, and the Kevin Howard Band.

TEDx 2016

Startups as a Way to Recovery

Dr. Legand Burge, HU Computer Science Chair, and Dr. Grant Warner, HU professor and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, address entrepreneurial aspects of recovery.

TEDx 2015

Dr. Gary Harris on Technology

The future of electronics via new quantum materials. Dr. Harris demonstrates prototypes of technology from the transistor radio to the iPod.

TEDx 2015

The American Tapestry: Unsung Heroes

Professor Greg Carr discusses the Africana practices of discovering and recovering knowledge.