Anthropology Professor’s Presentation Featured in February on TED

Carolyn Freiwald's 'The Story of Migration: Your Life in a Tooth' to be broadcast to a global audience

Carolyn Friewald, UM associate professor of anthropology, discusses how a tooth can reveal to scientists information about humans from thousands of years ago during the university’s TEDxUniversityofMississippi 2020 event. The presentation will be broadcast online Feb. 12 by the TED organization. Photo courtesy Kate Hooper

Editor’s note: This presentation, originally set for online broadcast in January, has been rescheduled by TED Conferences LLC for Feb. 12. This story has been updated with the new schedule.


OXFORD, Miss. – A presentation by a University of Mississippi professor will be broadcast to the world later this month through the popular thought-leadership platform TED.

Carolyn Freiwald’s talk, “The Story of Human Migration: Your Life in a Tooth,” will air Feb. 12. In the presentation, which originally was given during the university’s TEDxUniversityofMississippi 2020 event, the associate professor of anthropology discusses how archaeologists are using new technologies to discover just how common migration was around the world.

“It wasn’t just the Vikings, the Romans or European explorers, either,” Freiwald said. “My grandparents came to this county, and migrants today include many of our neighbors, co-workers and friends.”

Freiwald said she expects her talk to resonate with the global audience provided by the TED platform.

“The UM TEDx talks in 2020 told stories about migration and immigrants, and how views on age, race, poverty and health affect people,” she said. “What matters to people in Mississippi is no different than what people care about around the world.

“Every family has a migration story, whether it’s from the next town, another state or a distant country, and that resonates with people no matter where they live.”

To view Freiwald’s presentation, visit

For more information about TEDxUniversityofMississippi, click here.