Our speakers are the heart and soul of TEDxURI. Selected through auditions, they exemplify the kind of big thinking synonymous with TED and central to everything we do at the University of Rhode Island. Through their stories and ideas, empowered by diverse backgrounds and inspiring life stories, they will show us how to change it up and challenge us to think as big as they do.View Past Speakers
Disability as Diversity
The Diversity Within
Disability has a negative connotation in our society. Rachel Ferreira recommends we put disability under the umbrella term of “diversity”’ and rename it “dif-ability.” After all, she says, it’s about being differently abled.
Gender in Native Cultures
Complete the Circle
Sherenté Harris, a Narragansett TwoSpirit, overcame discrimination through traditional dance. Now, he explains how our voices can be used to revitalize the traditions of our communities, make ourselves visible, and bridge the gap between You and Me.
A Strivers Guide to Accepting Change
In a culture that celebrates winning, are we giving up when we accept change gracefully? Pete Hunt explores the relationship between striving for the change we want and accepting the change we get.
Compliance is Not the Goal: Letting Go of Control and Rethinking Support for Autistic Individuals
Instead of trying to control the behaviors of individuals with autism to make them indistinguishable from the general public, Amy Laurent suggests a positive shift in focus that supports the development of their emotional skills.
Poetry in Science
The Impulse to Act in the Information Age
Access to information alone is not enough to move humanity toward positive change. Through the lenses of science, art, and education, Benjamin Leveillee reveals a framework for sparking change in ourselves and in our communities.
Representation Matters: Latinx in Mainstream Media
Cultural representaton based on stereotypes is still active in the media today, says Raquél Pérez. A member of the Latinx community, she believes our society is more than ready for the media to eliminate this misrepresentation.
Social Media and Police Brutality
Social media’s impact on cases of police brutality
Racial bias and police brutality are personal to Isabella Robinson, but she believes that young people of her generation can affect positive social change through the power of digital messaging and social media.
In search of a frozen ocean
For millions of years, the sea ice of the Arctic has acted like a planetary shield, deflecting incoming solar energy back to outer space. Stephen Smith explores the ramifications of a darkening Arctic Ocean and the role of sea ice in keeping the planet cool.