Speakers

TEDxTelfairStreet will be held on Friday, January 31st 2014 from 9:30am – 4pm at the Augusta Main Library, 823 Telfair Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. Our theme for 2014 is MATTER.

Charlie Bennett


Charlie Bennett was born in New York and raised in Virginia, before moving to Atlanta to study at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After earning degrees in Economics and Science, Technology, and Culture (STAC), he stayed with the school and became an academic librarian at the Georgia Tech Library. He co-hosts the “one-and-only research-library rock’n’roll radio show” called “Lost in the Stacks” on WREK in Atlanta, and produces the irreverent podcast “Consilience With Pete and Charlie” about the intersection of science and the humanities.

Luke Davis


Luke Davis is a developer and artist who writes programs that themselves create new art. He hosts a weekly programming workshop for adults, and works on various start-ups, including People of the Bit, which creates programs that “pretend to be alive.” Luke thinks our future is one where humanity’s main creative work is curating the impossible imaginations of the algorithms we devise.

Melissa Fay Greene


Melissa Fay Greene is an accomplished author and journalist, who has published five books of non-fiction that have been translated into 15 languages. She is a two-time National Book Award finalist, and was a 2011 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Her book, Praying for Sheetrock, won numerous awards, and was named one of the best works of journalism in the 20th century by the journalism faculty of NYU. She has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Newsweek, and TheDailyBeast.

Brandy Horne


Brandy Horne is an academic librarian and assistant professor at USC Aiken. Brandy studies how the unprecedented access to information available online has the ability to empower and unite, as well as to overwhelm and insulate. Brandy has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University, and has worked in academic libraries for almost seven years. She also supervised and coordinated the library and law library at a state prison.

Stephen Hsu


As a child in China, Stephen Hsu was forced into labor on a green tea farm, and was denied an education. Despite his childhood, he attended one of the best universities in China, and moved to the US to further his education, earning a PhD. Not willing to pass on an exciting opportunity, Dr. Hsu worked as a sports commentator for ESPN International for four years. A research position led him to MCG, and he is currently a tenured professor of Biochemistry at the GRU College of Dental Medicine, where he has extensively researched the benefits of green tea. Also an entrepreneur, his company, Camellix, develops green tea products which promote health and well-being.

Michael Lay


Michael Lay believes the creative reach held in regional theaters has less boundaries and more freedom than the entertainment industry at large, and sees the power of theater as a means for true human emotion and experience to be presented on a personal level. Currently, Mike is a company member and guest director at Le Chat Noir Theatre in Augusta, an 100-seat, off-Broadway style theater and cabaret in the tradition of black-box theaters.

Philip Morsberger


Philip Morsberger is a prolific painter who has worked and held influential teaching positions in at Oxford, Harvard, Dartmouth, GRU, and UC Berkeley. Brimming with vibrant color and dramatic energy, Phillip’s style embraces realism, abstraction and the American comic-strip tradition. His paintings are full of his humorous philosophy of life and childhood memories, and he has been known to work on paintings for decades, even “touching up” a painting or two as they hang in galleries throughout the country.

Ned Murray


Ned Murray is currently the Headmaster of Episcopal Day School in Augusta, GA. Ned has a unique and informed perspective on education, having worked for schools that are public, for-profit, independent non-sectarian non-profit, and independent religious. Ned currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Independent Schools; is a founding member of the Elementary Schools Research Collaborative, a national consortium with an enrollment over 400; and serves on a task force working with Educational Testing Services to the first-ever assessment of middle school students for non-cognitive skills. Ned has a BA from Sewanee and an MEd from UT-Chattanooga.

Montana Skies


Combining elements of classical technique, jazz improv, and the power and energy of rock n’ roll, guitar/cello duo Jennifer and Jonathan Adams have extensively toured throughout Asia, Canada and the US. Jonathan’s guitar wizardry and Jennifer’s blazing, electric cello combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable. Following their creative instincts far beyond traditional boundaries, these award-winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd, Rush, Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, as well as their own originals. Their music has been called everything from chamber rock to psychedelic strings, and has been featured on NPR and the Travel Channel.

Nicholas Skytland


Nicholas Skytland is an expert in harnessing the power of open innovation, data, and technology to reform business and government. He has led cutting-edge initiatives, such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Civic Day of Hacking, and formerly worked for NASA as a technology and design innovator, designing next-gen space suits, working on future space missions, and creating participatory opportunities to engage citizens in the agency’s mission. He led over 500 training events to prepare astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. Nick is currently a partner with Second Muse, an innovation and collaboration agency whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, private foundations and NGOs.

Perry Smith


Perry M. Smith is a teacher, author and TV and radio commentator. A retired major general, Smith served for over 30 years in the US Air Force. During his military career, he commanded an F-15 fighter wing, was the top Air Force planner, and the commandant of the National War College. In 1968 in 1969, he flew 180 combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos. A graduate of the US Military Academy , he later earned a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University. He serves on the boards of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Augusta Museum of History, and the Augusta Warrior Project.

David Walker


David Walker is an accomplished photographer and graphic designer. As founder of a creative, lifestyle website called “The Augustan,” David uses his artistic approach to highlight local people, places and brands. David uses his talents to move Augusta’s creative culture forward, and mentors creatives to teach them how to promote themselves within the community.

Alex Wier


Alex Wier is the founder of a creative firm in downtown Augusta called Wier/Stewart. His work renovating his company’s headquarters on Broad Street was recognized with a Preservation Award by Historic Augusta. Alex has also recorded an album, and written and produced an independent film, which was distributed nationally and internationally. Alex believes that the message matters – not the medium, and that making communication easier has been in fact making communication harder.

Leonard Zimmerman


Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman’s creative path began at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and he’s been a frequently awarded and creatively coveted graphic designer for almost two decades. Adopting the nom-de-brush, “Porkchop,” Zimmerman’s work has been presented in group and solo exhibitions throughout the American South. He’s also been commissioned to create inventive mural projects for The Augusta Water Works, Georgia Regents University Children’s Hospital, and the recently completed Public Library of Augusta-Richmond County. In 2010, Zimmerman was voted Best Local Artist by Augusta Magazine, and Metro Spirit.

Sumir Patel


Augusta, GA native, Sumir Patel is motivated by a desire to encourage the next generation to pursue careers in science and medicine. Sumir is the Chief Resident of Radiology at Georgia Regents University, previously working for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Before medicine, Sumir received a BS in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He then went on to Emory University, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine.

John Patrick


John Patrick is our host for TEDx TelfairStreet. 2014 marks John’s thirty seventh year in the radio business. His radio career includes stops along the way at SUNNY 105 and WBBQ here in Augusta. John was named Program Director/Operations Manager of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 1998, and in 2008 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Augusta chapter of the American Ad Federation. He currently hosts “The Augusta Golf Show with John Patrick”

If you want to be considered as a speaker or performer for next year, please read the rules (hyperlink) – http://www.ted.com/pages/tedx_curating_speakers.

Watch a few TED Talks if you need a boost.: http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/14/the-20-most-watched-tedx-talks-so-far/

Read what people are saying about being a speaker at TED.: http://www.ted.com/pages/646

Applications for next year will take place in June 2014.

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