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The danger of a single story (Chimamanda Adichie's Ted Talk)

March 9, 2012

Tags: African culture, multicultural understanding

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells 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.


TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. The TED Talks themselves are generally wonderful. The comments made by visitors to the website are sometimes idiotic, but that's the Internet for you. Here are links to some talks you may find of interest (as writers and editors). Let me know (through comments) if you recommend others.
Marc Pachter on the art of the interview
Is there a real you? (video of TED talk by Julian Baggini, Manchester, Nov 2011, 12+ minutes)
Peter Binfield on the future of academic publishing. Binfield, publisher of publisher of PLoS ONE, discusses the scholarly journal and open access publishing at the Stanford Summit @ Medicine 2.0 on Sept. 16, 2011.
Simon Lewis: Don't take consciousness for granted
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity
Isabel Allende tells tales of passion
Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning
Dale Dougherty: We are makers

From TT''s self-description: Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10

Comments

  1. March 10, 2012 11:30 AM EST
    I just rediscovered your blog and am really glad. Thanks so much for featuring this video! It is delightful and wise.
    - Richard Gilbert
  2. March 11, 2012 8:21 PM EDT
    I could lose hours listening to those TED talks but this one particularly seemed worth mentioning.
    -- Pat
    - Pat McNees