Become inspired and informed with this series of independently organized TED events featuring talks from local speakers, TED Talk videos, and conversations with your community.
x = independently organized TED event
Sat, Apr 18, 7–9pm
Joy Pierce (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Utah College of Humanities)
Joy Pierce is Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. She is also a Presidential Leadership Fellow, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, and an affiliate in Latin American Studies. Her research foci are digital divides and digital literacy. She employs cultural studies and contemporary social theory through a critical pedagogical lens to study underrepresented populations coming to information communication technologies (ICTs). She has studied the theories of qualitative research methods extensively and is a methodologist specializing in ethnographies (auto, performative, participatory action research). Her work has led to guest speaking at professional meetings and in the media. Dr. Pierce has presented research papers at regional, national and international conferences; published in communication, sociology, and qualitative research method journals; and published a book titled Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion (Peter Lang, 2015). Her next book, titled Autoethnography: Beyond the Self, is in the works.
Billy Palmer (Associate Producer, KRCL RadioActive)
Billy Palmer is Co-Host and Associate Producer of RadioACTive, community affairs show that highlights grassroots activists and community builders weeknights at 6 p.m. on Salt Lake City-based 90.9fm KRCL. The Society of Professional Journalists-Utah Chapter named RadioACTive the top Public Affairs show in 2018. For more than 15 years, Billy has been a community organizer and advocate for youth empowerment, civil rights, and neighborhood reinvestment. He is the chairperson for the YouthWorks Steering Committee at NeighborWorks SLC where he also sits on the board of directors as the outgoing president. His community engagement also includes organizing for the Utah Poor People’s Campaign, and he is a member of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands board of directors. Now a public affairs journalist, the father of three has enjoyed several careers, including dancer and choreographer, music promoter and filmmaker.
Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera (Professor, University of Utah School of Computing and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program)
Rogelio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program at the University of Utah, where he directs the Laboratory for Quantitative Experience Design. Alongside his students, he researches technologies to define and improve the science of game design and development through cognitive science, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. He earned the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2019 and received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Rogelio has interned as a computational narratologist at Sandia National Laboratories and Disney Research and his research is supported by Activision | Blizzard, Oculus VR, IARPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy.