April 7, 2021
Alumni Association Ballroom & streaming online
More than a year into the current pandemic, we invite you to get “Unmuted” with TEDxFSU, an independently organized event in the spirit of TED’s devotion to Ideas Worth Spreading. The event will feature speakers on the TEDxFSU stage as well as remotely, performances from local artists, and ways to engage around ideas. With social distancing and other event protocols in place, TEDxFSU is committed to providing a safe conference for a limited in-person audience and a quality experience for those who join our exchange of ideas virtually.
To maintain the health and safety of organizers, speakers and performers, in-person seating will be limited and face coverings will be required. Sign up for a chance to attend in person or to receive email updates with additional details on accessing the event livestream.
Melissa is a first-generation Nicaraguan American student at Florida State majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Hispanic Marketing and Communications. She has volunteered around the world and was recently awarded the College of Social Science and Public Policy’s Humanitarian of the Year. On campus, she currently holds the position of President of the Central American United Student Association. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for marginalized groups and protesting injustice on and off campus. Her goal is to break the glass ceiling for women around the world.
Herneshia Dukes is a lifelong educator and is currently the head of schools of KIPP Miami. Prior to joining KIPP Miami, Herneshia served as the principal of KIPP Leadership Academy in New Orleans. Under her leadership, KIPP Leadership received a letter grade of an “A” for student growth four years in a row. In addition to school leadership, Herneshia works as an education consultant where she coaches and develops current school leaders from across the country. Herneshia is a proud graduate of Florida State University and in 2015 received FSU’s prestigious Ruebin D. Askew Award. She currently serves as the President of the Young Alumni Network, assisting the Alumni Association with developing strategic initiatives to engage recent graduates.
Jack Fox Keen
Jack Fox Keen is a non-binary, Latinx, neurodiverse STEM student researching the intersection between neuroscience, mathematics, and technology. They have spent the last year researching the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide and machine learning applications for meta-analysis. Jack is an intern with NewSci Labs, Director of Research for the Office of Governmental Affairs, Founder of the Fellowship of Computational Scientists, and outgoing Chair of the Student Leadership Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hilla Sharon-David, Ph.D., is a lifestyle enhancement expert. Her research focuses on the role of healthy lifestyle habits in improving mental health and well-being. She also explores how mind-body techniques like exercise and meditative breathing influence our gene expression. Through her work, Hilla aspires to promote the benefits of the mind-body connection and improve public health. In her free time, Hilla enjoys writing, yoga, surfing, and exercise regularly.
Dr. Uejio is an Associate Professor of Geography at FSU. He works with public health departments to adapt to climate change.
Curtis Shugart & Hanee Park
Performing "Ambitious Pursuits" by Parker Franklin
Curtis Shugart is an undergraduate student here at Florida State University, majoring in both music and international affairs. Curtis looks forward to interning in Washington, D.C. this summer, as well as hopefully performing for live audiences in the year to come.
As a composer, arranger, and pianist originally from South Korea, Hanee Park explores how music engages with culture, history, literature, philosophy, and other arts in order to pursue her belief that music must go beyond music. Park is currently pursuing a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in composition under Clifton Callender at Florida State University, where she was the recipient of the Ellen Taffe Zwilich Fellowship in 2019 - 2020.
Performing "A Castle in the Air" by Andrew Patzig
American percussionist Chase Banks has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, and serves as Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Green Vibes Project and GreenHaus Productions. The Green Vibes Project is a nonprofit organization that inspires environmental awareness, discussion, education, and community through the performance and commissioning of new music. Chase regularly performs with his chamber ensemble, the Green Vibes Collective, and was a member of the 2019 World Percussion Group with additional performances with regional orchestras in the Southeast including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Choral Society, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Performing an original song, "Second Home"
Originally home-educated from Naples, Florida, Anthony Brandy has been moving around Florida to acquire degrees in higher education. Anthony's M.S. in Second Language Education at FSU is the latest stop on his Florida tour, and he'll be graduating in April.