“Love No Matter What” by Andrew Solomon - Writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
“Why I Must Come Out” by Geena Rocero - Rocero, a Filipino American transgender supermodel shares her story of coming out and her journey of becoming who she had always known herself to be.
“The Courage to Tell a Hidden Story” by Eman Mohammed - Mohammed is one of few female photojournalists in the Gaza strip. She is often overlooked and shunned by male colleagues, but is granted unprecedented access to report in areas denied to men. In this talk she uses her experiences to critique the gender norms of her community.
“Three Ways to Speak English” Jamila Lyiscott - In her talk, which focuses on examining what it means to “be articulate,” Lyiscott who is a “tri-tongued orator” celebrates and challenges the three different “flavors of English” she speaks and the links these languages have with history and identity.
“Don’t Kill Your Language” by Suzanne Talhouk - Concerned about what might be lost with a global focus on English, Talhouk encourages people to love and speak their languages and promotes appreciation for the things that can be uniquely expressed only in specific language systems.
The Urgency of Intersectionality” by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Abby Dobson - Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality, uses the space of this TED talk to call on her audience to recognize intersectional oppression and to stand up to prejudice and oppression when and where they occur. Crenshaw and Dobson use the power of music to call forth the memories of black women killed through police violence.
“The Little Problem I Had Renting A House” by James A White Sr. - White shares the story of how he was able to join the U.S. Air Force more than fifty years ago but had to go to extraordinary lengths to rent a house. He parallels his experiences then with the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with law enforcement today.
“Color Blind or Color Brave” Mellody Hobson - Finance executive Hobson explains the importance of engaging honestly in difficult conversations about race. She encourages us to walk toward differences in race, allowing us to be color brave rather than pretending to be color blind.
“We Need to Talk About Injustice” by Bryan Stevenson - Stevenson, a human rights lawyer, speaks candidly and passionately about the racial disparities in the U.S. “justice” system, pointing to realities such as the fact that one third of the black male population in the U.S. has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.
“Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue” by Jackson Katz - Katz outlines how sexual and domestic violence, often thought of as “women’s issues” are really “men’s issues” and are tied to cultural definitions of masculinity. He calls to all of us to stand up against behavior that’s unacceptable in order to facilitate change.
“Is Anatomy Destiny?” by Alice Dreger - Dreger, who works with people such as conjoined twins and intersex individuals, questions rather we should let anatomy determine our identities and fate.
“The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Adichie examines the idea of the “single story” and the ways in which it impacted her life as both a child and an adult. While admitting that everyone, including her, often falls into the trap of the single story, she demonstrates why trying to move beyond this single story is vital to gaining understanding of each other.
“Greening the Ghetto” by Majora Carter - Carter explains her fight for environmental equality in South Bronx and demonstrates how minority neighborhoods are often the most negatively impacted by urban policies.
“What My Religion Really Says About Women” by Alaa Murabit - After moving from Canada to Libya, Murabit experienced Islam being used to oppress women’s rights and leadership. In this talk she explains how she pushed back against this oppression and uses verses from the Koran to advocate for women.
“On Reading the Koran” Lesley Hazelton - When she decided to sit down and read the Koran, Hazelton didn’t encounter what she expected. In this talk she tells of her experience reading this holy text and “the grace, flexibility and mystery” she found within its pages.