“I just think it’s cool [because] there’s all kinds of disciplines and ways of thinking."
Nabintou Doumbia, a WSU sociology student, was a featured speaker at the TEDxWayneStateU conference on Nov. 3. Photo by Maryam Jayyousi.

TEDxWayneStateU returned on Nov. 2 for its second annual conference with a theme of “Metamorphosis,” meaning change at all levels.

TEDx is the independently run version of the technology, entertainment and design conference, and is organized by the TEDxWayneStateU student organization.

The event showcased eight members of the WSU community to represent "change at all levels," according to the website.

Philosophy Department Chair John Corvino, Ph.D., presented on “conversation stoppers.”

"The real dialogue, most of all, requires us to exercise our moral imagination—to put ourselves in other people’s shoes,” he said. “It’s important for us to do that because it helps us confront the practical problems that face us as we try to change the world, and it’s also important because when it comes to our fellow human beings and the world we share, it’s the right thing to do." 

Rose Moten, a clinical psychologist, author and life coach, spoke about metamorphosis in terms of self-transformation.

Moten discussed different personality types and their traits, and said that the most successful people have an understanding of who they are.  

“In order to become a butterfly, a caterpillar must first digest itself,” she said. “[It] must first get rid of every aspect of itself that is contrary to the spreading of its wings.”

Moten said the same could be applied to people, and that in order for a person to be truly happy and successful, he or she must first digest the part of them that does not make up who they truly are.

Jonny Imerman, a cancer survivor, was also a speaker at the event. He said at age 26, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

He said during his time at the hospital, while receiving cancer treatments, he noticed many other patients did not have a support system.

Imerman said he was inspired to start a nonprofit organization with other survivors called Imerman Angels.

Imerman Angels connects people who are currently affected by cancer to people who have fought and survived the same type of cancer in the past, he said.

Hannah Fine, a student who attended the event, said that she liked the idea that TED brings different ideas and problems that she would never have thought existed, or realized existed.

“I just think it’s cool [because] there’s all kinds of disciplines and ways of thinking. My favorite part was the aggregation of all of it,” she said.

Additional speakers at the event included José Cuello, an associate professor of history and Latin American studies at WSU; Blanche B. Cook, an assistant professor of law at WSU’s Law School; Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, a professor of surgery, molecular biology and genetics at WSU’s School of Medicine; WSU alumna and social worker Guadalupe G. Lara and WSU sociology student Nabintou Doumbia.

A full video of the event will soon be available for all people to view on the Tedx Talks YouTube channel.

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