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Theme: Connecting Creatively

This event occurred on
October 28, 2016
Statesboro, Georgia
United States

In an effort to share "ideas worth spreading", TEDxGeorgiaSouthernU prepared a great list of TEDTalks and live speakers who shared their own ideas to ignite discussion and connections focused around the theme Connecting Creatively. We believe that Connecting Creatively is imperative as we seek to address the complex issues we face in the world today. Connecting Creatively allows us to develop inclusive relationships with others, establishes a sense of empowerment in our communities, and helps us design innovative solutions to systemic problems.

On October 28th, 2016 we hosted our inaugural event in the Center for Art & Theater's Black Box Theatre.

Black Box Theatre
233 Pittman Drive
Statesboro, Georgia, 30460
United States
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Alicia Spence

Assistant Director, First-Year Experience
Overcoming the temptation to lock yourself into the professional world's standards is a trap that keeps you from being your authentic self. Alicia helps us understand how focusing on your own personality and natural talents allows you to be a better professional and engage others.

Amanda Hedrick

Lecturer & Co-Director, Georgia Southern Writing Project
A lecturer and co-director of the Georgia Southern Writing Project, Amanda specializes in first year writing. She is also actively sharing the concepts and idea of art journaling and safe spaces within the local community.

Brent Stubbs

Dean of General Studies & Learning Support, Savannah Technical College
An experienced public speaker, full of energy, a student finishing his doctorate at GSU, and an Academic Dean. His talk is about the work he has done to change the way we can connect in meetings using technology and intentionality.

Fayth Parks

Associate Professor & Licensed Psychologist, Georgia Southern University
A professor and psychologist whose 25 years of experience has focused on mental health service access in rural communities, poverty, cultural and linguistic competency, and bridging the health disparities gap. She was also appointed in 2009 to be the David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality in The John W. Kluge Center at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Foster Carson

Organist, Atlanta Hawks
This musician and DJ found his calling in life at an early age, but by putting his life's philosophy into practice he discovered new opportunities. He currently serves as the organist and DJ for a NBA team and produces his own music.

Jason Baca

Leadeship doctoral student
Coming up through the rank and file of organizations has led this doctoral student to look for insights on how leaders connect with people in meaningful ways to turn followers into faithful friends raising organizations to new heights.

Jennifer Shaffer

Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student
An undergraduate student shares how her experiences working and studying abroad have led to an evolution in her approach to problem-solving.

Jill Johns

Business Advisor, Georgia Southern University
After surviving breast cancer, she used her experience as a business advisor and her passion for life to heal by practicing laughter yoga. Practice along and find news ways to connect creatively through laughter.

Reid Loveless

Undergraduate student in Biology
An undergraduate biology study whose passion for art has brought creative ways to connect art and science. Reid shares his experience where art has a prominent place within the lab and why bridging the gap leads to better connections between the community and science.

Richard Cleveland

Professor & Program Coordinator, School Counseling at Georgia Southern University
A traveler and educator whose work and experiences within diverse populations have driven his efforts to connect people to stories and then to each other.

Sabrina Sterling

Technology specialist
A mom, teacher, and artist who works to bring technology into the lives of students in her school district. Her research focuses on how education can be best included within the classroom and used to benefit student growth by helping them find their tech superpowers.

Steven Engel

Director, University Honors Program
His research and teaching in political science and political theory has focused on the themes of cooperation and conflict in communities. Investigating international examples, he writes on the topics of patriotism and political unity.

Vinoth Sittaramane

Assistant Biology Professor, Georgia Southern University
A developmental neurobiologist studying brain development in early stages investigates autism's effect on the brain and possible ways of treating the missed connections it causes.

Organizing team


Statesboro, GA, United States
  • Jodi Kennedy
  • Sean Payne
  • Todd Deal