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Theme: Reinventing Rural

This event occurred on
February 21, 2014
8:00am - 1:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Brookings, SD
United States

TEDx comes to Brookings for Reinventing Rural, a look at the people and thoughts that make up the rural plains of South Dakota and beyond. Come to enjoy the nature of South Dakota, hear new thoughts and ideas and share a meal with local produce and local thought-leaders.

Dakota Nature Park Center
1705 32nd St S
Brookings, SD, 57006
United States
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John Fishback

John Fishback is a management consultant and a bank board member. His TEDxBrookings talk, "What Economists Call a Moral Hazard," is based on graduate work he did at NYU. The talk looks at when we should and shouldn't rely on economic theory to help us make our choices, and who is ultimately responsible for our communities. John is a Senior Director of the Financial Services practice at CEB and a member of the board of First Bank & Trust in Brookings and Fishback Financial Corporation. He holds a BA from Georgetown University, an MA from NYU, and is a proud graduate of Brookings High School.

John Robinson

Dr. Robinson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, leads a team to find a treatment for diastolic congestive heart failure, a condition where the relaxation of the heart is impaired. His 7-member laboratory conducts NIH-funded research on the molecular physiology of the cardiac myofilament. At TEDx Dr. Robinson will discuss "Post-modern agriculture for a post-modern world." Dr. Robinson is also a Founder and the Managing Partner of NuAgra, LLC, a distributor and e-retailer of healthy food products made with sustainable values. Dr. Robinson shapes NuAgra’s value chain and production process to meet the human health, animal health and conservation aims. More detailed information is available at Dr. Robinson is also an avid runner and sailor.

Carter Johnson

Dr. Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Ecology at South Dakota State University in Brookings. His talk at TEDxBrookings is: "Prairie-nomics: from grain to grassland." Dr. Johnson began his professional career as Research Associate and Research Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1971-77), followed by 12 years in the Department of Biology at Virginia Tech. In 1989 he became Head of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape, and Parks at South Dakota State University, a position held until 1995. Since then, he has maintained a combined teaching and research position at SDSU. Dr. Johnson is the Chairman of a 501(c)(3) named EcoSun Prairie Farms, Inc. His research interests include river regulation and riparian forest ecology, climate change and prairie wetlands, seed dispersal in fragmented landscapes, paleoecology (climate reconstruction using tree rings; Holocene seed dispersal and plant migration) and multifunctional agriculture and agroecological restoration. His research program is strongly multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional. Dr. Johnson has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters.

Elvita Landau

Elvita Landau has been the Director at the Brookings Public Library for nearly 26 years. In those short years, she has seen seismic changes in the role libraries play for education, reading and resource development. In her TEDxBrookings talk, Elvita will discuss the role libraries have to play in the 21st century with the advent of eReaders, digital technology and an increasingly screen-focused culture.

Tammy Evans Yonce

Flutist Tammy Evans Yonce, an Atlanta native, is Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University where she teaches applied flute, woodwind pedagogy, and courses in musicology. An avid collaborative musician and recitalist, Dr. Yonce is an enthusiastic supporter of new music. Dr. Yonce holds degrees from Kennesaw State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). She won the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2004 and has been published in Flute Talk and Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society. She has recently presented and performed at the National Flute Association, Flute Festival Mid-South, College Music Society, British Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Society of Kentucky, and South Carolina Flute Festival conventions. She recently served as one of the judges for the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association as well as of competitions of the British Flute Society and Flute Society of Kentucky. Dr. Yonce currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Flute Club. Learn more about her work at or on Twitter @TammyEvansYonce.

Cristina Lammers

Cristina Lammers is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She will share her findings and research regarding maternal and child health, especially in rural areas. Originally from Uruguay, Cristina has her MD and MPH. She focuses her research on implementing evidence based population health interventions to improve people's health and quality of life. She emphasizes maternal and child health and chronic conditions. She has numerous honors and publications and will be sure to wow the TEDxBrookings audience!

Rory Dickson

Dr. Dickson is an Instructor of Religion and Philosophy at South Dakota State University. He will be discussing Islam and its tradition of spiritual development, Sufism. He specializes in Islamic Studies and is the author of Living Sufism in North America: Between Tradition and Transformation (forthcoming with SUNY Press), which explores how contemporary Sufi leaders are adapting their tradition in the United States and Canada. Dickson has published articles in the Journal of Contemporary Islam and Studies in Religion. His research focuses both on the practice of Islam in North America and on mystical elements of the Islamic tradition.

Organizing team


Brookings, SD, United States
  • Scott Meyer
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Kyle Robinson