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TEDx Howard University

TEDx events bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder and provoke conversations that matter.

An enthusiastic crowd of Howard faculty, students, staff, as well as community organizational leaders and friends gathered on September 15, 2016 for the second TEDx Howard University event in the Blackburn Center Ballroom. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate and Research Studies, the Office of Research and Development, and the TEDxHowardUniversity 2016 Committee. TEDx events bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder and provoke conversations that matter.

The theme of the event, "Recovery," was an outgrowth of the Graduate School's Mental Health Campaign, launched in 2014. Additionally, the event highlighted the 150th anniversary of Howard University and graduate education. The event further enhanced visibility for Howard University’s research-based graduate programs.

Featured speakers included Human Geneticist Dr. Georgia M. Dunston, who discussed “Genomics for Self-Discovery of Identity”. Dr. Dunston is the founding director of the National Human Genome Project Center at Howard University. Haely Jardas, former Miss District of Columbia, 2015-2016, whose platform focused on mental health, addressed the “The Misconception of Beauty.” 

Howard University professors, Dr Legand Burge and Dr. Grant Warner, addressed “Start-ups as a Way of Recovery,” and Dr. Robert Shepard, Howard alumnus, chemist and motivational speaker, recounted his journey to becoming an internationally recognized scientist in the field of chemistry. Dr. Gary L. Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, chronicled 150 years of graduate education at Howard University.

The first TEDxHowardUniversity was held in January 2015. The event drew a diverse audience from the university and the broader Washington area communities. More than 12 million viewers have visited TEDx Howard University 2015 on YouTube.

The event was produced by Dr. Cherie Ward, professor and communications consultant, with Dr. Gwen Bethea, director of communications for the Graduate School, assisting with public relations.