Get To Know Some Of The 2015 TEDxUF Speakers


This year a total of eight speakers will take the stage at the Philips Center as part of what has popularly become known as “TED Talks.”

The locally organized annual event, a branch of TED known as TEDx — the “x” standing for independently organized events — brings together what they call “ideas worth spreading.”

These talks can be as long or as short as they need to be and vary on topics.

The Speakers

Jill Sonke is a researcher and Assistant Director of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program.

Her topic is on art and medicine, and how the combination of the two can be used to help heal.

Chris Hass is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. He directs one of the most dynamic clinical-research programs in Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders in the country.

His topic is on empowering those with Parkinson’s and the people around them.

Michael Morris is the Academic Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He founded the Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program in 1997 at the University of Cape Town.

He’s discussing the possibility of “what if” everyone starting a venture.

Participants will have an opportunity to tell their story at “The Lab,” which will allow them to record a message for an interactive time capsule.

You can read more on them and the other five speakers on

You can watch the live stream of TEDxUF here on March 21st.

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