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Howard University Office of the Provost Sponsors First TEDx Howard University

Gary L. Harris, James Lindesay, Muriel Logan, Gregory Carr

An overflow audience of enthusiastic Howard University students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community witnessed Howard University’s first TEDxHowardUniversity event on January 22, 2015 in the university’s College of Medicine. Capturing the theme, “Discoveries,” speakers included Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., associate provost for research and graduate studies; James Lindesay, Ph.D., professor of physics, Gregory Carr, Ph.D./J.D., chair, Afro-American Studies; and Muriel Logan, retired school principal. Cherie Ward, doctoral candidate, Communication, Culture, and Media Studies, was the executive producer of the event.

Carr began the evening with the exciting achievements of early African civilizations down through the inventions of America’s “unsung” heroes. Harris highlighted the transition from the transistor radio to the futuristic usage of quantum materials. Lindesay demonstrated black hole theory and quantum gravity. Logan, 91, discussed her journey towards computer literacy and ultimately her use of the modern technology devices. Entertainment by the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and the youthful exuberance of the Jones-Haywood School of Dance provided a lively interactive cultural experience. Ward, who served as the evening’s mistress of ceremony, also recited original poetry based on the theme of the event.

TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). 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. The TEDxHowardU event will help to further propel the research and other programs at Howard to a level of increased global recognition.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.) Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at The Howard University Graduate School offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in 28 disciplines. The school has more than 300 faculty/scholars and approximately 1,000 students who comprise a diverse, academically rich learning environment.

For more information about the Graduate School, call 202-806-6800 or visit For more information on producing TEDx events, contact Cherie Ward at

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