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CAS faculty and alumni to speak at TedxUSF

TAMPA, Fla. -- TedxUSF, an independently organized TED event, will be coming to the University of South Florida on Friday, Feb. 22. The event, titled “On the Edge of the Future,” will showcase various guest speakers who will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the local community.

Four speakers who are affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences will be presenting their ideas at the event: Randy Borum, Ph.D., Patrizia LaTreechia, Ph.D., Raven Villegas and Jordan Zimmerman.

Borum is a professor and Coordinator for Strategy and Information Analysis in the School of Information, as well senior editor for the Journal of Strategic Security. Borum previously served on the DNI’s Intelligence Science Board. His work has previously focused on behavioral dynamics in violent extremism, counterintelligence and intelligence interviewing.

LaTreechia serves as an associate professor in the Department of World Languages and is the director of the Italian program. LaTreechia conducts research on various subjects such as film, media and the culture of food. She previously served on the board of the Humanities Institute at USF, and is now part of an advisory board for the Gasparilla International Film Festival. LaTreechia also has been accepted as a researcher for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.

Villegas is an alumna of USF who received her degree in political science and international studies. Villegas worked in the education abroad office, participated in Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, and participated in research while at the university. Inspiration for her presentation will derive from her time six months spent abroad in London.

Zimmerman, a USF alumnus, is the founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, an agency ranked No. 14 in the country. He also built the Zimmerman Advertising Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF. Zimmerman currently serves as a member of the USF Board of Trustees, and has received various awards for his entrepreneurship.

TedxUSF will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the USF School of Music’s Barness Recital Hall. Various watch parties will take place on USF’s campus during the event, and a live stream of the event can be watched online.


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Author: Elizabeth Engasser