Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Handle Jerks on Social Media

Did an internet troll ruin your day… again? It’s amazing what people will say on Facebook and Twitter isn’t it?! Social Media maven Emily Sutton is best known for chasing tornadoes as a TV meteorologist, but she’s also made a name for herself wrangling the trolls. Emily offers an informative, hilarious, how-to guide for navigating social media in a world where the trolling can be relentless. Emily Sutton joined the 4Warn Storm Team in 2009 as KFOR’s first female meteorologist. Since distinguishing herself while storm chasing live during the historic May 2013 tornado outbreaks, Sutton continues to cover significant storms firsthand for KFOR-TV. Her storm chasing gained national recognition with footage showcased on CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. KFOR’s team coverage of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado won a National Emmy. She’s been awarded “Best Meteorologist” by local publications in OKC, Norman and Enid. Besides weather, Sutton has had the honor of singing in front of thousands at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track, and Oklahoma City Barons hockey and Thunder basketball games. She crossed the finish line of her first IRONMAN triathlon in 2014 as part of TEAM OKLAHOMA, which raised $200K for “The Go Mitch Go Foundation,” a non-profit raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Sutton and her husband reside in Oklahoma City with their two “fur kids,” Okie and Winnie. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Zainab Shakir and the Victory of Islamophobia

University of Oklahoma student Zainab Shakir speaks on her experience as a Muslim American and how what each of us brings to the table of religion can be used to have a real conversation about fighting Islamophobia.

Zainab Shakir is a senior at OU, studying microbiology with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and history. She aspires to a career in the health sciences, and serves as an interpreter at the Manos Juntas free medical clinic. In addition to volunteering, she tutors for the OU Honors College Writing Center and is the Vice Chair of Adjudication for the OU Integrity Council. Despite what her academic pursuits suggest, Zainab is also an avid writer; she has completed two novel-length works and multiple short stories. Zainab hopes to spark a love of writing in other students, and to make a positive impact on her community through her written works. In her free time, she enjoys piano, swimming, painting, and yoga.

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