Talks & Interviews

Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage - A TED Talk by Kayla Briet

Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage

Kayla Briët creates art that explores identity and self-discovery -- and the fear that her culture may someday be forgotten. She shares how she found her creative voice and reclaimed the stories of her Dutch-Indonesian, Chinese and Native American heritage by infusing them into film and music time capsules. (2017)

What it takes to be racially literate - TED Women 2017

What it takes to be racially literate

Recent high school graduates Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. (2017)

We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson - Ted Talk 2012

We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight, and persuasiveness.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow's 2018 Commencement Address at Loyola Marymount University.

Trust Your Inner Voice - Ronan Farrow

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ronan Farrow's 2018 Commencement Address at Loyola Marymount University, May 5, 2018. “More than ever we need people to be guided by their own senses of principle—and not the whims of a culture that prizes ambition, and sensationalism, and celebrity, and vulgarity, and doing whatever it takes to win,”

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

Imagining a New America

At the Chicago Humanities Festival in December 2017, Krista Tippett and Ta-Nehisi Coates explore issues ranging from the idea of a “post-racial” world to Coates' meticulously constructed case for reparations for slavery.

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.'

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)

Tara Houska - TED Talk: The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights

Tara Houska - The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights

Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history -- while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world. (2017)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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?

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)

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.

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.