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Jax Daily Record Friday, Sep. 20, 201901:26 PM EST

Free lectures at JU feature TEDxJacksonville speakers

Hank Coxe, Chris Hand and Amy Donofrio among 10 speakers.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Jacksonville University’s for-credit course, featuring 10 TEDxJacksonville speakers throughout the semester, is open to the public.

The course is 4-5 p.m. Mondays at JU’s Gooding Auditorium at 2800 University Blvd. N. The first lecture was Sept. 16. The lectures are weekly until December 3. 

TEDxJacksonville began offering the course last fall.

JU students pay tuition, but anyone else can attend for free. No advance registration is required. 

“Jacksonville University has been an incredible supporter of TEDxJacksonville. They value the importance of lifelong learning and sharing knowledge in a great environment,” said TEDxJacksonville co-organizer and Executive Producer Sabeen Perwaiz. “One of the things that’s important to TEDxJacksonville is opening minds with inspiring ideas — so this is a natural connection and opportunity for collaboration.”

Here’s the schedule with the speaker and their TEDx topic:

• Sept. 16: Ted Powell, “When Your Mind Works Against You”

• Sept. 23: Hank Coxe, “When Will Your Child Be Eligible for Parole?”

• Sept. 30: Anunnaki Ray Marquez, “Born Intersex: We Are Human!”

• Oct. 7: Chris Hand, “Citizen: The Most Important Title in American Democracy”

• Oct. 14: Lawanda Ravoira, "Giving Voice to the Invisible"

• Oct. 21: Jeanine Hoff, “Where is the Sunshine? My Journey as a Mental Health Survivor”

• Oct. 28: Bruce Ganger, “Moving Toward a Hunger Solution”

• Nov. 4: Melanie Flores,  “Can You Learn Engineering in Kindergarten?”

• Nov. 18: Joy Young, a 2019 TEDxJacksonville speaker talking about the importance of arts and culture in uniting a community

• Dec. 2: Amy Donofrio, “At-Risk or At-Hope?”

TEDxJacksonville’s 2019 conference is Oct. 19 at the Florida Theatre. For more information, visit

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