The local TEDx committee has released names of its October speakers, who will speak on different facets of the event’s topic, “metamorphosis.”
Speakers at the 2018 event include wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, who’s recently been in the news for nabbing a grizzly hunting tag and vowing to “shoot ’em with a camera,” and Dr. Mary Neal, best known for her books about a life-after-death experience. Epidemiologist and public policy activist Devra Davis and retired public TV executive and current Yellowstone National Park ranger John Kerr are also scheduled to present.
TEDxJacksonHole is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Center for the Arts.
The event also has a slate of out-of-state presenters, including storyteller Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii, and Salt Lake City physician Chris Duncan, who works with brain-controlled prosthetics. Photojournalist and filmmaker Taylor Rees will discuss climate change, and Tesla Fintech CEO Jewels Rossallini-Coker will bring perspective on cryptocurrency. Jahanara, an Iranian-born filmmaker, is set to share a story about eliminating hate through film and dialogue.
“I’m thrilled with these speakers,” said Lisa Samford, executive director of Jackson Hole Wild, the TEDx sponsoring organization.
Samford called Jahanara’s story “really crazy cool,” saying her talk will provide listeners a new perspective — that of a woman who grew up in a place where “Death to Americans” was chanted in the streets, Samford said. Jahanara, who now lives in the U.S., has a “really personally interesting story,” Samford said.
“And a compelling one that’s very timely in a world where hate speech and intolerance need to be vanquished,” Samford said. “It’s all the more poignant by the risk she takes by speaking out and talking in public.”
Tickets cost $40 for orchestra seating and $10 to $20 for balcony seating (plus a $3 ticketing fee). Tickets can be purchased at JHCenterForTheArts.org or in person at the Center, 265 S. Cache St.