At the conference, called “Bodies: Being Human,” the speakers discussed different aspects of the body and questions about race, gender, sexuality and body image as they connect to the body.
The student-led event was divided into speaker sessions and a breakout session. The breakout session consisted of interactive exhibits that included wax hand making, virtual reality technology and .
Sarah Wright, a member of the conference design committee, said passion is the key to TEDxUNC.
“My favorite thing about TED talks is they’re just little snippets of information everyone’s passionate about. So you can learn a lot of different things in a very short amount of time,” she said.
Kim Lan Grout, a writer and photographer who spoke at the event, discussed transcending disabilities and positive body imaging. At 18 years old, she had her leg amputated. She said it’s human nature to make judgments but we have a habit of turning judgments into something toxic.
“We owe it to ourselves to make safe spaces for us and the people around us,” she said.
Lily Clarke, a senior religious studies major, said she loved Grout’s talk.
“She was a great speaker, and just thinking about associating something positive with every difference you see is a concept that I might have subconsciously thought was a good thing but I never really put words to it,” Clarke said.