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2020 TEDxDayton Goes Virtual In November, Offers Free Admission


Another popular Dayton event is moving to a virtual format this year because of the coronavirus. TEDxDayton will take place online over four days in November.

Sixteen local speakers will take the virtual stage for TEDxDayton, starting November 10th..

“We have talks ranging from how doing it yourself really isn't about doing it yourself, to the dangers of hazing, to how the HIV pandemic relates to what we're going through and COVID-19, the impact of affordable housing," says Brendan Wynn, one of the Signature Event co-chairs. "A variety of topics that touch on several critical issues that you really don't want to mess this year."

For the virtual event, the presenters pre-recorded their talks with the help of Wright State University’s Theater, Dance and Motion Picture Department.

"Each evening, we'll have a new host with some familiar faces from the Dayton community," Wynn says. "And each evening, we'll also feature a question and answer session between the hosts and one of our speakers who came back post-production to expand upon their idea."

One other change will likely draw in a large audience: this year’s online event is available to the public at no charge.

This year’s speakers are:

  • Charlie Campbell, sharing his personal story about downsizing and how to say “good-bye.”
  • Conor Crippen, speaking alongside his aunt, Conor will share his personal story of releasing the burden of trauma.
  • Anne Marie Romer, speaking alongside her nephew, Anne Marie will share her personal story of releasing the burden of trauma.
  • Daj’za Demmings, sharing her thoughts on the power and importance of intergenerational mentorship.
  • Ronald L. Fletcher, MD, sharing lessons from the HIV pandemic and thoughts on how those lessons can be used to inform our response to COVID-19.
  • Subhashini Ganapathy, PhD, sharing her thoughts on how engineering can be fun.
  • Jodie Mader, sharing how she’s surviving the pandemic as a Luddite.
  • Joshua Montgomery, sharing his excitement about teaching with droids.
  • Elijah Muhammad, sharing his personal story of labor trafficking and how we can be more aware of this silent issue.
  • Timothy Nevius, sharing his findings on the exploitation of college athletes.
  • Jacquelyn Wright Palmer, sharing her journey of finding pride in her family’s history of enslavement.
  • Shomari Payne, sharing his personal experience on the inheritance of poverty.
  • Ann Puckett, sharing her thoughts on why DIY isn’t really about doing it yourself.
  • Amy M. Riegel, sharing her thoughts on why housing matters and how our zip code defines our life experiences.
  • Kathleen Wiant, sharing her personal experiences on the dangers of hazing.
  • Christopher Wyatt, PhD, sharing his findings on the connection between opioids and breathing.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.