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TEDxJacksonville Conference 2018: Exchange

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The Florida Theatre

128 East Forsyth Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

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Exchange is the antidote to isolation and to ignorance.

Exchange—whether of materials between organisms, or ideas between people—is key to the processes we recognize as essential to life.

Some exchanges are visible, predictable, calibrated in known currencies at agreed rates. Others are veiled but potent, with the capacity to create and to devastate in equal measure.

At TEDxJacksonville 2018, we will harness the power of exchange. You’ll be challenged to shift your perspective and abandon your assumptions, to exchange the seen for the unseen, the built for the unbuilt, and the status quo for lives that are full of challenge, meaning, and impact.

Join us Saturday, October 20th at The Florida Theatre for Exchange: Conversations for the Curious.

Introducing Our 2018 Speakers:

Anne Driscoll • Dublin, Ireland
Bearing Witness

As an award-winning journalist, U.S. Fulbright scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and former project manager of the Irish Innocence Project, Anne Driscoll recognizes the importance of eyewitness testimony in our system of justice. But what if we're not the witnesses we believe ourselves to be?

Benjamin Evans, III • Los Angeles
Seeing the Man, Not the Stigma

It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are. When Benjamin Evans made the decision to come out as a gay minister, he learned the power of standing against the tides that seek to diminish us.

Iris Grant-Simmons • Jacksonville
Radical Philanthropy

Traditionally, philanthropy has been thought of as something that the rich fund, the middle class volunteers for, and the poor and needy receive. But philanthropic giving is about more than just money. It is a process of creatively giving to others, and in so doing, fulfilling our basic human need to connect with our own humanity.

Jeffreen Hayes, Ph.D • Chicago
Lifting Every Voice

Challenging and difficult issues such as race and class are not easy to discuss in words. But art historian Dr. Jeffreen Hayes argues that marginalized artists—those placed in the margins because of their racial, ethnic, or sexual identity—can have a profound sense of such issues, in part because they are so deeply affected by them. Her curatorial project "Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” will open at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens this fall.

Kristin Keen • Jacksonville
Trafficking in Lives

Kristin Keen is the founder of Rethreaded, a nonprofit that provides a safe and supportive work environment for the victims of human trafficking. She brings a new perspective to the emotional and physical vulnerabilities driving both sides—seller and buyer—of the global commercial sex trade.

Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez • Orange Park
Reclaiming One's Body

Imagine that others have the power to determine your gender for you. What choices would be made without your consent? For those who are born intersex—possessing sex characteristics that don't align with binary notions of male or female bodies—these aren't just hyopotheticals. Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez is in the process of receiving a birth certificate recognizing that his true biological sex is intersex and not a disorder.

Ash Perrin • London
The Power of Play

Can play heal the wounds inflicted by displacement and social exclusion? Ash Perrin, the founder of a nonprofit dedicated to bringing happiness to children in refugee camps, believes the answer is unequivocally yes. In a world riven by conflict and increasingly invested in digital rather than personal connections, we must be proactive in preserving traditional forms of physical play—because play and laughter are our one global language.

Philip Robbie • Jacksonville
Examining the Unbuilt

Architect Philip Robbie recognizes that we all have projects left unbuilt, songs left unsung, stories left unwritten, and ideas that were undefended and never realized. He argues that the gifts we have come with responsibilities. Those moments when we waffle? When we pull back? That’s when we must step forward.

Claudia Wilner • New York City
Driving While Poor

For most of us, a simple traffic ticket is an expensive annoyance. But for millions of our fellow citizens—disproportionately, low-income people of color—it’s a financial calamity that creates a spiral of bad consequences. Claudia Wilner argues we must correct inequities in our policing practices and license revocation laws that effectively criminalize poverty.

Joy Wolfram, Ph.D • Jacksonville
A Revolution at the Nanoscale

Nanotechnology—the study and application of extremely small things—has tremendous potential to revolutionize medicine, especially the treatment of cancers and other complex diseases that don’t respond well to conventional medications. Dr. Joy Wolfram and her team at the Mayo Clinic are at the forefront of this research, working to develop multi-functional nanoparticle-based cancer therapies.

Mark Woods • Jacksonville
Preserving America's Best Idea

Mark Woods took a year-long sabbatical from his job as a columnist at The Florida Times-Union and spent a year in America’s national parks, trying to figure out what the future holds for them. From that sabbatical, he wrote Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks—which won the Florida Book Awards gold medal for nonfiction. One of his epiphanies was that the biggest issue for the future isn't whether we're loving our parks to death. It's whether we're loving them enough to keep them alive.

Brian Wu • Scarsdale, N.Y.
Searching for Humanity's Second Home

While a high school sophomore, Brian Wu helped to discover a low-mass Circumbinary Planet—one of only 21 currently known to humans—using ground-based Radial Velocity spectrometers. Brian believes the discovery of this extremely rare system calls into question the origin of our solar system, and indicates that there could be many other interesting worlds out in the universe that are yet undiscovered—maybe even some in the fabled Goldilocks zone that could theoretically sustain human life.

And three live performances:
Bold City Contemporary Ensemble

This ensemble is a group of classically trained musicians who believe passionately that its tradition can be successfully continued through the performance of very new music. For
all those who say classical music is dying, the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble vehemently disagree and prove the opposite is true through a series of engaging, outside-the-box performances.

Douglas Anderson Dancers

DA’s Dance Department provides a secure setting for students to develop an understanding of dance as an art form. Several alumni have established careers dancing in and choreographing for professional ballet and modern dance companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Susan Marshall and Urban Bush Women.

John Lumpkin & The Covenant

John Lumpkin II is a producer, arranger and artist. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and a master's from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. John grew up in the pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues.

Hope McMath — a Northeast Florida cultural leader, educator, artist and the founder of “Yellow House” — is returning as conference host for the fifth year in a row.

Four artists will create works live at the conference thanks to a PNC Arts Alive grant. The artists will receive a stipend for their time working at the conference and will have the opportunity to sell their pieces to audience
members at the after-party.

TEDxJacksonville will be held at The Florida Theatre for the third year in a row and will host interactive experiential activities with Forsyth Street closed in front of the historic venue.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Photo ID is required for students and people who would like alcoholic drinks at the Afterglow.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is no designated parking lot for this event. There are numerous parking lots is the vicinity of the theatre. The cost of parking is your responsiblity. We highly encourage carpooling and arriving early to ease congestion.

What can I bring into the event?

Handbags are allowed, but are subject to security screening.

No food or drink is permitted in the theatre

Videos cameras and flash photography are not permitted.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at social@tedxjacksonville.com!

What's the refund policy?

All sales are final.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please do, but we can use a photo ID to verify

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your registration to another person prior to 10/1/18. Email us at social@tedxjacksonville.com with your receipt and the contact information that is receiving the ticket.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Only if they don't mind wearing your name tag and eating the lunch you picked out for them.

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