Talks & Interviews

Angélica Dass talks about her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity's true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.

The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color | Angélica Dass

In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind Angélica Dass's portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity's true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race. (Ted2016)

Krista Tippett talks with Te-Nehisi Coates 'Imagining a New America' on the On Being Podcast.

Imagining a New America

Krista Tippett's introduction to her conversation: “And so we must imagine a new country.” These are words of the poet, journalist, prophet of our times: Ta-Nehisi Coates. This hour, he’s with us in a conversation that is joyful and hard and kind, direct and soaring and down-to-earth all at once."

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, presents a keynote lecture Oct. 2017.

GWS Keynote Lecture | Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza

The Department of Gender & Women's Studies (GWS) hosted Alicia Garza for our 2017 Keynote Lecture on October 5th. The talk was moderated by GWS Professor Minoo Moallem, and was followed by a panel discussion with Professor Paola Bacchetta (GWS), Professor Russell Robinson (Law), and Associate Professor Leigh Raiford (African American Studies).

What Words Mean by Masha Gessen on Topic.com. The Russian-born journalist articulates the ways in which truth and language are under assault, by everyone from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump.

What Words Mean | Masha Gessen

The Russian-born journalist articulates the ways in which truth and language are under assault, by everyone from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump. On 'Topic - There's More to a Story.'

Alex Horton, a veteran of the Iraq war, writes a Note to Younger Self - from CBS News.

Iraq Veteran Writes Note to Younger Self | Alex Horton

Millions of Americans have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and we will never know most of their names. One Iraq Veteran, Alex Horton, writes a note to his younger self. CBS New Note to Younger Self. Nov. 9, 2012.

Ted Fellow Lee Mokobe presents her poem on what it's like to be transgender

What It Feels Like to Be Transgender | Lee Mokobe (Spoken Poetry)

"I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered," says poet Lee Mokobe, a TED Fellow, in this gripping and poetic exploration of identity and transition. It's a thoughtful reflection on bodies, and the meanings poured into them.

Stella Young Ted Talk "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much."

I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much." by Stella Young | Ted Talk 2014

This talk was suggested by Sarah Funes, a political science major. Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."

Why I stand with Dreamers - a video by Robert Reich.

Why I stand by with Dreamers | Robert Reich

Dreamers are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our classmates. They represent the best of the dream that my parents and most of our ancestors had when they came to America: To make a better life for themselves, and for their kids.

26 years after her testimony on Capital Hill, Anita Hill talks about the slow pace of change and the #MeToo campaign.

The Slow Pace of Change and the #MeToo Campaign | Anita Hill

26 years after law professor Anita Hill testified to Congress that she was sexually harassed by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, she joins The Washington Post’s Libby Casey to talk about the slow pace of change and today’s #MeToo movement.

Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let

Is anatomy destiny? | Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomies, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?

Trevor Noah talks about race and identity with NY Times correspondent John Eligon.

Race and Identity in America | Trevor Noah

The comedian, writer and host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," speaks about race and identity in America with New York Times journalist John Eligon. This event was filmed live at Northwestern University.

Ted Talk by Kimberly Crenshaw - The Urgency of Intersectionality

The Urgency of Intersectionality |Kimberlé Crenshaw

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both.

Panel at UC Berkeley titled Diversity, Inclusion and Free Speech at Berkeley held on October 23, 2017.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at Berkeley

Monday, October 23, 2017. Chevron Auditorium, I-House Panelists: Suzanne Nosel - Executive Director of PEN America; Erwin Chemerinksy - Berkeley Law Dean, Constitutional Law Scholar; DeRay Mckesson - Civil Rights Activist and Commentator; Rigel Robinson - External Affairs Vice President, Associated Students of the University of California; and Abdi Soltani - Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California.

UC Berkeley Faculty Panel on Free Speech

UC Berkeley Faculty Panel on Free Speech

UC Berkeley faculty members shared conflicting viewpoints on the issues of hate speech and white supremacy at a panel on free speech hosted by Chancellor Carol Christ on September 8, 2017.

The 'Bridging to Belonging' panel at the 2017 Othering & Belonging Conference.

Bridging to Belonging | Tara Housak, Zahra Billoo, Alicia Garza, and Jidan Koon

Three leaders of very significant movements of our time talked about how to build bridges across social movements and solidarity movements that expand the notion of We and Belonging in order to win the world that we want to have. The panel took place at the the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society's 2017 Othering & Belonging Conference in Oakland.

Trespassing on Your Own Land at Standing Rock - A story on Fusion about Standing Rock

Trespassing on Your Own Land at Standing Rock

Native activist Dallas Goldtooth on the irony of being told you're trespassing on your own land at Standing Rock. "We’re being persecuted protecting our land that was stolen from us." (Fusion - Nov. 1, 2016)