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Universities play a vital role in nurturing, empowering, and unleashing the curiosity that will allow us to imagine a brighter, more sustainable future. To face humanity’s greatest challenges and opportunities we need to ask tough questions, push boundaries, and invigorate impact for meaningful change with and for our communities.

USask is home to pioneers in discovery who are improving lives, expanding opportunities, strengthening social cohesion and protecting the environment. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, they will take to the TEDx stage with compelling stories of ambition and achievements, sharing their voice and vision to be what the world needs.

Session 1
Performance by Duo Gillis Cunningham
Lisa Birke “Strive for failure as a joyful and productive catalyst in the creative process”
Maureen G. Reed “It’s time to change what and how we teach at universities to empower graduates to sustain people and the planet”
Wellness and Connection Break at 2:30 p.m.
In the Health Sciences Building Atrium
Session 2
Merle Massie “Who Can Be A Researcher? Research will engage more people when more people see themselves as researchers”
Amira Abdelrasoul “Hemodialysis is not a perfect replacement for healthy kidneys and here’s why…”
Arinjay Banerjee “It is in our hands to shape the future of emerging infectious diseases”
Kylee Drever “Tuberculosis is not gone and should not be forgotten”
Wellness and Connection Break at 4:20 p.m.
In the Health Sciences Building Atrium
Session 3
Performance by Morit Ensemble
Steven Rayan “Quantum Magic: Using Mathematics and Art to Make the Impossible Possible”
Linda Vogt “Light is as versatile as the researchers who wield it”
Kevin Lewis "Revitalizing Places: Land Based Cree Immersion and the kâniyâsihk Culture Camp"


Duo Gillis and Cunningham from TEDxUSask 2023

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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 TEDxUniversity of Saskatchewan, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUniversity of Saskatchewan 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.