TUFFTalks is UAB’s very own rendition of TEDTalk. TEDTalk aims to broadcast and bring attention to “ideas worth spreading.” Playing into that concept, TUFFTalks is an event that allows speakers at NC State, whether students, faculty, or staff, to exchange ideas, through the lens of a particular theme, to the larger Wolfpack community.


TuffTalks: The POWER of PASSION

is meant to highlight the different passions by exploring multiple topics through many different perspectives. This is an opportunity for speakers to use their voice and share stories and experiences that are unique to you, that showcase your passion(s), and how they have impacted your life and shaped your journey. 

Keynote Speaker: Bree Newsome

A Community Organizer and Activist who worked towards and achieved the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House.

Bree Newsome Promo Graphic for TuffTalks 2021


TUFFTalks 2020 will be held February 6 in Stewart Theatre! Doors will open at 5:30pm, and speakers begin at 6:00pm. There will be giveaways and a reception with refreshments immediately following the event.

TUFFTalks 2020 Theme: “What is the Norm?” is meant to challenge societal norms by exploring diverse perspectives through the minority eye. We want this to be an opportunity for speakers to use their voice & personal experiences to open up our campus & community to new ideas. We are looking for speakers who are boundary-breaking, introducing these topics to make our audience question what and why society deems as “typical” or “normal”.

The goal of TUFFTalks 2020 is to give members of the Wolfpack a platform to share how they have and continue to break the norm.

Keynote Speaker: Mike Africa Jr.

“After being secretly born in a cell after his parents were each sentenced to 100 years as political prisoners, Mike Africa Jr. turned his story into inspiration as a hip hop artist, writer, speaker, and member of The MOVE Organization. Living through abuse and police bombings, he worked to see his parents released and reunited, continuing his legacy in the black power movement.”




February 8
6:00 p.m.
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact uab-president@ncsu.edu or (919)-515-4695.  24-hour advance notice for accommodations is requested.

In Search of Self is meant to shine a light on the importance of embarking on the journey of self-exploration in order to find one’s true self. This event will be an awesome opportunity for students and faculty share their stories and experiences. People will want to come to this event because there will be unique giveaways, engaging student speakers, a guest keynote, and food with refreshments afterward at the reception.









This year’s honorary keynote speaker is Ash Beckham!  Ash is a well-known speaker from the LGBTQ+ community who is recognized for some of her viral TED Talks like “Coming Out of Your Closet” and “Owning Your Duality”.  For more information about Ash and her speaking career, follow this link to her website: http://ashbeckham.com/  Come out to the event to hear talk about giving voice to your truth!