Professor to speak at TedX Forum March 26

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon of thought-provoking conferences, “Talks,” and community events, “to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.”
TED is global, but even here at OBU, people are helping advance their mission.
Scot Loyd, assistant professor of communication arts, will be speaking at a TEDx event at the University of Arkansas, Monticello March 26.
Independently organized by community leaders, TEDx events include live speakers and pre-recorded TED Talks.
TEDx “brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe,” according to their website.
The event Loyd is speaking at, titled “Planting Roots, Going Higher,” features nine different speakers, who will be covering different topics throughout the evening.
Other speakers are:
• Former WWE U.S. Champion Hassan “MVP” Assad
• Comedian Ky Krebs
• AR State Representative Mark Lowery
• Attorney Deanna Wallace
• UAM Student Alyssa Hooks
• Professor Craig Olsen
• Historian Roy “Trae” Wisecarver
• Professor Clint Young
Topics include former prisoner bias from Assad, comedy and political correctness from Krebs, the importance of inviting others in from Loyd, and how an idea becomes a law from Lowery, according to their Twitter.
The event at UAM is organized by Adam Key, who, according to the event website, “is a Ph.D. student in the Texas A&M Department of Communication and the Speech Instructor and Debate Coach at Lee College – Huntsville Center, the oldest and largest prison college program in Texas.”
The event is free to attend, but you can register for the event at

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