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Ten members of Salem State University faculty will explore the theme Mindfulness and Transformation at our second TEDxSalemStateUniversity event.

Topics and Speakers

“Gladys Palmer and the Transformation of Women’s College Sports,” Brad Austin, history

“What Running Taught Me About Grief, Fear, and Black Women,” Tiffany Gayle Chenault, sociology

“Act One: My Unique Relationship with Gumby,” Jeff Driskell, social work

“Talking Mindfully About Whiteness,” Neenah Estrella-Luna, sociology

“Want to Transform Schools, Communities, and Yourself? Think Like a Coach!,” Jacy Ippolito, secondary and higher education

“Embodied Mindfulness: Dancing Our Way to Transformation,” Meghan McLyman and Betsy Miller, music and dance

“Contemplative Pedagogy: Cultivating Critical Awareness, Clarity and Presence in a Time of Distraction,” Steven Thurston Oliver, secondary and higher education

“How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Think About Writing,” Alexandria Peary, English

“Transforming Views: Mindful Garment Making,” Amy Smith, media and communication

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for students.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSalemStateUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSalemStateUniversity event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Contact Us

For more information contact Debra Longo at 978.542.6246 or email

Access and Accomodation 

For access and accommodation information, visit

When 4:00pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Debra Longo

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