Southeast Professors Headline TEDx

Southeast Professors Headline TEDx

Four Southeast professors presented at TEDx Southeast Missouri State University in March. The independently organized TED event focused on Diverse Passions.

Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano spoke on the issue of assumptions. Dr. Ken Heischmidt discussed how new graduates must market themselves to distinction when they are literally one in a million pursuing jobs. Dr. Allen Gathman presented on human genetic diversity versus the social constructs of race. And, Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck presented on how media matter when portraying minorities.

The event was the first TEDx held at the University and blended live speakers with several TED Talk videos and small group discussion.

TEDx Southeast was the brainchild of Southeast student Collin Ritter, who is a self-identified superfan of TED. He was interested in bringing an event to Southeast and approached his professor, Dr. Brooke Clubbs. Together the pair set about researching what was needed and made it happen. And, it’s something they plan to bring back to campus again next year. TEDx Southeast is scheduled for March 9, 2017, and alumni are invited to apply to be speakers at the next event at

What is TED? If you aren’t a regular subscriber to the Talks, TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. It began as a four-day conference 30 years ago and has grown into an international phenomenon including the world’s leading thinkers and doers.


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