University of South Dakota Holds TEDxUSD

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VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota will host TEDxUSD 2015 on Saturday, Nov. 7, which will feature a diverse lineup of topics and speakers, including a former USD kicker who is now a chemistry fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a tribal attorney and a USD law professor.

Tickets to the live event in Old Main’s Farber Hall already have sold out. But it will be streamed on the Internet and in the Muenster University Center on campus, which will be open to the public.

Designed to showcase the ideas and talents of the USD community in engaging 18-minute presentations, TEDxUSD presenters were chosen from a pool of candidates:

  • Tiffany Graham, associate dean of the USD Law School
  • Sarah Jennings, South Dakota director of AARP
  • Frank Leibfarth, former USD football kicker currently studying at MIT
  • Steve Miller, pastor and USD adjunct professor of history
  • Seth Permian, tribal attorney for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Michell Williams, director of strategic program management at Citibank in Sioux Falls
  • Kelsey Collier-Wise, executive director of United Way of Vermillion and Vermillion City Council member

The final speaker order has yet to be determined.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is an independently organized program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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 speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News