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June 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

ONE STORY OR MANY? How does our personal experience inform our perception of the world?  These two TED Talks explore this question.


Presenter: Abbie Tom

*TED 2009 “The Danger of a Single Story”* Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

*TED 2017 “The Revolutionary Power of Diverse Thoughts” *A native of Turkey, Elif Shafak has experienced firsthand the devastation that a loss of diversity can bring — and she knows the revolutionary power of plurality in response to authoritarianism. In this talk, she reminds us that there are no binaries, in politics, emotions, and our identities.

In the CM library:

Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah

Chimamanda Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

Elif Shafak, The Architect’s Apprentice






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