Our Event


April 26th, 2015

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Hammond School will be hosting a TEDx conference this coming spring. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay informed of details about this exciting event.

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2015 Speakers and Performers


Bobby Donaldson

Dr. Donaldson teaches courses in United States history and African American intellectual and cultural studies, with an emphasis on the American South. In addition to the United States history survey class (1877-present) and the Introduction to African American Studies, Professor Donaldson teaches courses on African American intellectuals, African American Biography, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights struggle in South Carolina, and research methods in African American Studies. Currently, Professor Donaldson serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University and holds as a 2005-2006 fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.


Maria Fabrizio

Maria Fabrizio is an illustrator and designer who believes smart ideas make beautiful work. A Master of Fine Arts graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, Maria runs her design business in Columbia, SC while maintaining her daily illustration blog — Wordless News as featured on NPR's Morning Edition. A 2004 Visual Arts graduate of South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Maria now serves on the school's Board of Directors as its first alumni member. Maria's first book Cultivating Creativity:  Daily Rituals for Visual Inspiration, published by FW Media, will be available in 2015.

Stephen Ridley

Dr. Ridley received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2001.  He subsequently completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland, graduating in 2004 with additional certification in Emergency Ultrasound and Hyperbaric Medicine.  While there, he received the Sydney Burns Award for Compassion.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices at both Palmetto Health Baptist, where he has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine, and Palmetto Health Richland where he teaches in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  His academic interests include emergency ultrasound and the integration of developing technologies with medicine.  Dr. Ridley is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Soma Management, Inc., which manages Soma Access Systems LLC.

Will Furlong

Rev. Will Furlong is a Sr. Engineer and Director of Africa Programs at Water Missions International (WMI). In this capacity, Will is responsible for the oversight of country directors in WMI's Africa offices:  Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya and manages projects in countries without a WMI office, such as Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and others.  Will is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and served as a Senior Pastor in the Florida Conference from 1998 to 2010 when he joined WMI where he is currently on appointment in extension ministry by the Bishop of Florida Annual Conference.  Will has a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Florida.  Prior to seminary, Will was Vice-President and Engineering Division Manager for Jones, Edmunds & Associates, Inc., a large, interdisciplinary engineering consulting firm in Gainesville, Florida.  Will was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida from 1987 to 1998 when his registration became inactive as a result of attending seminary.






About TEDx, x = independently organized event


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

To learn more about TEDx, please visit http://www.ted.com/tedx.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.