This February, the popular TEDx event will be returning to Clemson with a mix of 10 faculty and student speakers. TEDxClemsonU is a student organized event to create a TED-like environment (technology, environment, design) to share ideas. This year’s theme is the “Pursuit of Progress,” coming as the event returns for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tiger reached out to the TEDxClemsonU organizers to learn about this year’s speakers. The event will be held on February 12, 2022.

The current speakers are:

Allana O’Shields, a senior women’s leadership major, and Anna Wallace Clark, a senior political science major, on activism for victims and prevention of sexual assault.

Jeremy Dertien, a graduate student studying wildlife and fish biology, on using advances in AI and camera trap technology to stop poachers and save the lives of tigers in India.

Phillip Wilder, an associate professor of education and human development, on nonviolent communication through which we can communicate empathetically with ourselves and radically change how we show up to the world.

Jessica Larsen, an associate professor of chemical engineering, on delivering treatments to the brain and spinal cord using a materials-based approach.

Sean Brittain, the department chair of physics and astronomy, on the progress made in discovering new planets over the past 25 years and what we hope to learn in the future.

Alison Guggenheimer, an invasive species program assistant, on invasive species that threaten the environment and what we can do to help prevent, slow the spread and treat the infestations.

Adam Hoots on working in teams to help people feel more connected to their work and deliver higher quality work more efficiently.

John Gaber, department chair of city planning & real estate development, on the 1960s counterculture movement re-imagined and how it provided directional framework for “hippitowns.”

Shea Hammond, a sophomore pre-business major, on his perspective and life as an athlete with cerebral palsy and working with young people with disabilities in sports.

Caroline Hager, a junior language and international business major, on the myths behind human trafficking, the importance of victim conditioning and a business model for how to stop trafficking in our communities.

An earlier version of this article misspelled Jeremy Dertien's last name as Dentien. The Tiger regrets this error and has since corrected it.

This article appeared in The Tiger’s Nov. 18 print edition. It may differ in formatting or content due to space constraints.

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