TEDxUNT brings nationally renowned speakers to campus

Former Texas senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis; top-ranking National Institutes of Health researcher Dr. Joe Grzywacz; and President and CEO of Texas-based nonprofit Children at Risk Dr. Robert Sanborn will be the featured speakers at TEDxUNT, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the University of North Texas' Gateway Center.

The three nationally renowned speakers, in addition to two TED videos, will offer a variety of perspectives to stimulate an exchange of ideas and begin the fall semester with a burst of inspiration, said TEDxUNT organizer Kelly Roberts, assistant professor in the UNT Department of Educational Psychology.

"Regardless of your area of interest or academic discipline, this TEDxUNT event is sure to provide highlights for your brain to revisit long after the night ends," Roberts said. "When I think about how hard the speakers have been working on their talks, I get goosebumps. This event promises to foster a healthy idea exchange, and further establish UNT as a hub of ingenuity for our students, faculty, community and nation."

The TEDxUNT event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by Sunday, Aug. 30. Click here to register. Click here for parking information. 

Information about the speakers

Wendy Davis represented District 10 in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015. She was the Democratic contender for governor of Texas in the 2014 race. She also served on the Fort Worth City Council. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School, Davis is a passionate campaigner for children and family rights.

Dr. Joe Grzywacz is chair of the Department of Family and Child Science at Florida State University. Grzywacz worked in the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, becoming the second-highest National Institutes of Health-funded faculty member across all departments of family and community medicine in the country. His research focuses primarily on the health implications of everyday work and family life, his populations of interest being racial and ethnic minority groups, families in poverty and working adults with children.

Dr. Robert Sanborn is president and CEO of the Texas-based nonprofit Children at Risk. Before entering the nonprofit sector, he worked in higher education at institutions such as Rice University and Hampshire College. He is credited with launching the Children at Risk Institute and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children. He recently received the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children "Advocate of the Year Award" and the "Seeds of Hope" award for his work to end poverty at a systematic level through advocacy with community organizations and an increased awareness among public officials and the media.