2018 TEDxUofSC

On Oct. 9, 2018, the University of South Carolina brought together innovative thinkers and doers to share their ideas with the world for the inaugural TEDxUofSC.


A 21st-century university relies on the free exchange of ideas to help transform our culture and our world. The ‘TED Talk’ was designed with one simple idea in mind: to promote ‘ideas worth spreading.’ TEDx is a natural fit for our campus and will provide a tremendous showcase for some of the most innovative people in the Carolina family.

Harris Pastides, former president of the university


About TEDxUofSC

TEDxUofSC was a half-day experience that included 12 short, powerful TEDx talks, an opening address by Harris Pastides (the university's president at the time) and two artistic performances. It was an afternoon of innovation, connection and inspiration in the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.  

The two creative works presented at TEDxUofSC 2018 were “Misery is Optional: Recollections of Recovery,” a theatrical piece that shined a light on a disease that affects 23 million Americans, and a new take on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. Dewey Scott-Wiley, professor of theatre at USC Aiken, and professional actor Christine Hellman performed “Misery is Optional.” David Cutler of the University of South Carolina’s School of Music arranged and led musicians in the concerto.

TEDxUofSC was supported by the university, as well as three partners who share the TEDxUofSC values of innovation and inspiration: First Citizens Bank, Quackenbush Architects and Studio 2LR.


About TEDx and TED

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Learn more at TED.com, and follow TED on Twitter or Facebook.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED. For questions, email Kohl Friery, TEDxUofSC organizer, at kfriery@email.sc.edu. For media inquiries, email Jeff Stensland, director of public relations, at stenslan@mailbox.sc.edu.