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Theme: Friction

October 29, 2014
3:00pm - 8:00pm (UTC -6hrs)
Logan, UT
United States
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After a surprising, successful sophomore event, we have worked tirelessly to improve our audience experience in the biggest, best ways possible moving into our third year. TEDxUSU has exploded to include 19 presentations, performances and recordings packed into one half-day conference, representing the most thought-provoking content the TEDxUSU team could curate that showcases our commitment to “ideas worth spreading.” This year’s program is a half-day conference divided into three sessions. The first and third session will be headlined by Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace and award-winning author Orson Scott Card, and will feature talks given by Utah State faculty and students. New this year is an interactive second session where attendees will mingle with TEDxUSU speakers, network with fellow audience members, view innovative exhibits and presentations, and help create artistic compositions. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

USU Performance Hall
Utah State University
Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall
Logan, UT, 84322
United States
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David Brown

David Brown earned his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Denver. Before the path to a doctorate in math, David majored in both Math and Philosophy and was a competitive bodybuilder who earned several titles in his teens and early twenties. Now, David has aspirations of becoming a mathematician with skills sharp enough to contend with his colleagues here at USU and from afar, and to cut through the reservations, fears, doubts, and misconceptions his students have about math and their talents for it.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. His most recent series, the young adult Pathfinder series (Pathfinder, Ruins, Visitors) and the fantasy Mithermages series (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), are taking readers in new directions.

Jim Davis

James H. Davis is a professor of strategic management and the chairman of the Management Department at Utah State University. Prior to USU, he was the John F. O’Shaughnessy Professor of Family Enterprises and professor of strategic management at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his PhD in corporate strategy from the University of Iowa. He has worked with many major national and multinational corporations on strategic planning and company positioning. His research was recognized by The Academy of Management Review as the most influential theory of the decade of the 1990s. He is the author of two books: Social Capital: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Growth Simply: The three-circle model.

Organizing team


Logan, UT, United States
  • Anna McEntire
  • Brandon Crouch
  • Cami Dilg
    Website Manager/TED Liason
  • Seth Merrill
  • Holly Reynoso
  • Kaitlyn Sprouse
    Graphic Designer
  • Brooke Leavitt
    Social Media Manager/Writer
  • Kyle Harris
  • Carol Shafer
    Logistics Manager
  • Marshall Greer
    Website Manager II
  • Stacey Thompson
    Website Manager II
  • Becky Thoms
    Copyright Specialist
  • Carlie Pennington
    Project Manager-Support Staff Leader
  • Brad Barson
    Support Staff
  • Carlie Greer
    Support Staff
  • Wyatt Traughber
    Photographer II, Support Staff
  • Catherine Crouch
    Support Staff
  • Alex Unruh
    Graphic Designer
  • Caitlin Erikson
    Support Staff
  • Teresa Seeholzer
    Logistics Manager