TEDxMidAtlantic is returning to Washington DC on June 8, 2024.

This year's theme is: Terra Incognita, the term that mapmakers used to describe unknown lands where they warned, "here be dragons". We think this theme is an apt description of our current moment. As we sail into uncharted waters — where reality is changing faster than our legal systems, institutions, and our capacity for sense-making — we are truly living in Terra Incognita.

TEDxMidAtlantic 2024 Speakers

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Jim Sciutto

CNN anchor and Chief National Security Analyst + author of the new book "The Return of Great Powers: Russia, China, and the Next World War"

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Elizabeth Neumann

Former Department of Homeland Security official and author of "Kingdom of Rage: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and the Path Back to Peace"

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David Hogg

Founder of "March for Our Lives" and President of "Leaders We Deserve," which advocates for youth engagement across our political system

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Sara Minkara

Special Advisor on International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department

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Pam Melroy

NASA Deputy Administrator, astronaut, and one of only two women to command a space shuttle

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Peter Pomerantsev

Information warfare expert and author of the new book, "How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler"

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Neşe Devenot

Writer and activist who monitors the dark side of the sudden explosion in investment in psychedelic therapies

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Jennifer Golbeck

Computer scientist separating the hype from reality about artificial intelligence

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Holly Dagres

Iran analyst and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist

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Gen. R. Scott Dingle

45th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command from 2019 to 2024

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Sunny Sumter

Professional jazz vocalist, and President and CEO of the DC Jazz Festival

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Nataliya Bugayova

Expert on Russia's military and information operations, and Russia’s war against Ukraine. Fellow at Institute for the Study of War

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Claire Atkin

Online advertising expert, and CEO and co-founder of anti-extremist adtech watchdog, CheckMyAds

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Carla Norrlöf

Professor of Politics and Economics at University of Toronto, expert on currencies and global trade

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Ben Colman

Co-founder and CEO of Reality Defender, and leading expert on AI and deepfake detection

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Felipe Estefan

Funding films + fighting for Latin American democracy at Luminate Group

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Chelsey Green

Award-winning educator, violinist and violist tearing down musical stereotypes

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Clinton Johnson

National Geographic Explorer recognized for advancing racial justice and Black representation in GIS

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City of the Sun

The experiential music of City of the Sun is the sound you didn't know you were missing