TEDxCharleston Returns to the Live Stage on March 23

New speakers/performers added to postponed 2020 lineup;
Early Bird ticket sales start January 27

CHARLESTON, SC – January 25, 2022 – After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, TEDxCharleston has announced its return to the live stage, reigniting an 8-year tradition of the localized version of the world famous TED event that draws together people to share “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Under the theme of “Cascades” the 2022 event picks up where the 2020 gathering was meant to happen, with a half day of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining speakers and performers from the Charleston community.

The 2022 edition of TEDxCharleston will take place at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street on March 23, beginning at 12:30PM.

The on-line ticket box office will reopen January 27 and feature an early bird discount on tickets up until February 25. Priced at $57.50 (including fees), the tickets include entry into the main event, as well as the after party at the nearby Charleston Museum, featuring food and beverages from local restaurants and suppliers, a chance to mingle with the TEDxCharleston speakers, as well as live entertainment.

Tickets are available through on-line purchase only and major credit cards and PayPal are accepted means of payment. All tickets already purchased for the 2020 event will be honored and existing ticket holders do not need to re-register. The online box office is at:

The full lineup of speakers and performers is available to see at https://tedxcharleston.org/watch/. On top of the outstanding program of speakers and performers who were set to appear in 2020, the scheduled lineup for TEDxCharleston 2022 now also includes:

  1. Raven Saunders, Olympic silver medalist in the Tokyo Games and a true hometown hero
  2. Chris Singleton, former pro baseball player who suffered the loss of his mother in the Emmanuel Nine tragedy
  3. Jane Kelly, a noted epidemiologist who has been on the front line of Covid in the Lowcountry through her role with DHEC

Other speakers include Sam Norton, who is pioneering a new approach to sustainable agriculture by using salt water cultivation techniques; Karen Perlmutter, an expert on the impact of addiction on families; Keith Smalls, a former incarcerated man who serves as a mentor to youths and is a member of the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC); and John Rhodes, a distinguished MUSC cardiologist who overcome learning disabilities to realize incredible success in the medical field.

The full lineup of speakers and performers also includes:

Jody Bell: When this College of Charleston freshman was in high school, she noticed good friends suddenly not coming to school out of fear for their undocumented parents. Jody will share her idea to help educate this growing, often overlooked population.

Jared Bramblett: Flooding is escalating and solutions are daunting. Jared, an engineer and expert on issues relating to drainage and flood mitigation, sees the need for increasing collective awareness on sea-level rise impact and modifying approaches to the accelerating risks.

Austin Fitzhenry: Enamored with biology from an early age, Austin looks to nature for clues on improving our own human behavior. Using snakes as an example, he shows how environmental responsibility can naturally bridge better social interaction among humans.

Jacquelyn Nagel: The old saying holds true: we can learn from nature. Jacquelyn, a PhD in mechanical engineering, believes inspiration through biomimicry can lead to realistic and feasible solutions using nature as a guide.

Kristy Pierce-Danford: A director of Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) since its inception, Kristy has seen how diminishing resources and inadequate prisons and jails present growing challenges on the horizon.

Russell Reagan: Must the grass always be greener? Expert horticultural scientist and experienced landscaper Russell thinks there are more options than having a lush, green lawn, which in the long run may do more harm to our environment.

Steven Rosenzweig: A happy accident in the lab can lead to incredible advances in the treatment of cancer and dementia. This MUSC researcher, Steven, a PhD from the University of Toronto and former staff at Yale Medical School, provides more.

Performers include two popular local music duos: Zandrina Dunning & Stephen Washington and Gracie & Lacy, as well as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. A mesmerizing combination of music, art and gastronomy highlights an additional performance added for 2022 called Euphoria, featuring local chef Otto Bursich and Cuban musician Ro Diaz.

Serving as MC for 2022 will be L.B Adams who was a TEDx Speaker herself in 2029, inspiring attendees with her talk called “Take Charge of Your Words.”

The TEDx Charleston stage will feature the art of local creator Jonathan Rypkema who will bring the 2022 theme, CASCADES, to life. As a dynamic visual artist in various mediums including spray paint, acrylics and wood, Johnathan’s art and stage design will have a powerful cascading effect to represent this year’s speakers.

Half-day format for easy access and more sustainability

TEDxCharleston has traditionally been an all-day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which included an extended lunch intermission. The new half-day timeframe enables a lower ticket price and provides more opportunities for individuals to attend, according to event organizers.

These changes are also a part of TEDxCharleston’s mission of bettering the event’s carbon footprint. With no lunch on Marion Square, this drastically limits plastic water bottle usage for the 1,000+ attendees, which has been a major concern among organizers. For the after party, TEDxCharleston will utilize only compostable materials, elevating the food and beverage compost program that was introduced in 2019. The event will also use limited printed materials, plastic badge holders, signs and other non-sustainable items to put on the event.

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About TEDxCharleston

TEDxCharleston is an all-day immersion experience at the intersection of science, art, performance and business. It is designed to enrich the Charleston, South Carolina community through presentations and entertainment that inspires, engages and transforms. For more information and to view all past TEDxCharleston talks and performances, visit tedxcharleston.org. Follow TEDxCharleston on Twitter at twitter.com/tedxcharleston, on Facebook at facebook.com/tedxcharleston, and Instagram at Instagram.com/tedxcharleston.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiativeTED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.


Emily Trogdon