Ethnicity & microcultures

Conversations on race and prejudice

TED talks on identity: Knowing yourself before judging others

  • Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change
    Interesting perspective on identity creation and appearance for women; humor as a powerful tool for self-actualization
    TED description: "New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules."
  • Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
    On the importance of "being true to yourself" and overcoming what seem like unsurmountable barriers
    TED description: "Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have."
  • Lizzie Velasquez: How do you define yourself?
    TED description: "In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, 'The Worlds Ugliest Woman,' Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness."
  • Pico Iyer: Where is home?
    On the multicultural identities today and how we all are a "work in progress"
    TED description: "More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four 'origins' — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still."
  • Ashley Graham: Plus-size? More Like My Size
    TED description: "Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn't leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model."

Humorous takes on serious issues of race and religion

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