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TJC Powerful Voices

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TJC Powerful Voices

TJC boasts a long history of distinguished guests who have enhanced our academic environment with their inspiring commentaries. Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the TJC Powerful Voices semi-annual lecture series will welcome a diverse range of world-renowned innovators, leaders, and scholars to the TJC Central Campus.

Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and community guests are all invited to experience these thought-provoking addresses from various illustrious speakers on a broad range of disciplines. As experts in their various fields, our guests will deliver lively, challenging, and informative presentations on timely topics and explore important concepts for all stakeholders.

These events aim to bring new perspectives and ideas to our campus from places throughout the world. Information on upcoming events will be provided on a semi-annual basis.

Upcoming Lectures

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi | April 4, 2024

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi has three degrees, eight U.S. patents, and four E.U. patents and has hosted Science Channel and Discovery shows. More impressive, still, is his life story: Oluseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. He was presented with a compelling option to quit at every turn, yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist and a global educator.

Dr. Oluseyi is scheduled to speak with TJC students about overcoming adversity and pursuing dreams. In a public presentation, Dr. Oluseyi will share his story and address a new focus on space travel and its possible implications.

Please visit Dr. Oluseyi's biography page for more information about his personal and professional background. 

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Lecture Schedule

Each featured Powerful Voices speaker is scheduled for two presentations: an afternoon lecture to TJC students and an evening lecture to a general audience.

TJC Student Luncheon
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Apache Rooms 

General public
7 p.m. | Hudnall Planetarium inside of the TJC Center for Earth and Space Science Center

Times are subject to change. More information will be provided ahead of our featured speaker's scheduled dates.

Previous Speakers

Dr. Vin Gupta

Dr. Vin Gupta

Dr. Vin Gupta is no ordinary medical authority. With nearly two decades of experience as a renowned health policy expert and clinician, Gupta's forward-looking insights inspire leaders and organizations to embrace change, think creatively, and advance innovation and success. He is currently serving as chief medical officer at Amazon Pharmacy.

Please visit Dr. Gupta's biography page if you'd like to read more about his personal and professional background. 


Dex Hunter-Torricke

Dex Hunter-Torricke

With more than a decade working at the heart of the technology industry, Dex Hunter-Torricke has managed communications for some of the most influential and admired Silicon Valley leaders and corporations of our day. From 2012-2016, he led the executive communications team at Facebook and served as a personal speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg. He then went on to join SpaceX as senior director of communications. He later served as the VP of Global Communications & Public Engagement for the Oversight Board for Meta, the independent body that makes decisions on Facebook and Instagram’s most challenging content issues.