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My Tedx lecture: How to talk about race across racial lines

Speaking onstage at Tedx Bloomington on March 22.

Luci McKean

Speaking onstage at Tedx Bloomington on March 22.

One of the coolest speaking events around is the TED series; an international effort featuring compelling storytellers and interesting thinkers given a maximum 18 minutes to deliver a lecture on their most potent ideas.

Organized as huge events in a couple of cities, the non-profit TED organizers allowed local organizations to do their own versions of TED talks four years ago, dubbed TEDx. I participated in the first one organized by the Poynter Institute in 2011 around journalism ideas -- there's a new one scheduled for June 7 -- and when folks in Bloomington, Ind. pulled one together earlier this year, an old friend from high school suggested I take part.

The resulting lecture was pulled from material in my book Race-Baiter, which offers suggestions on how to talk about difficult race and cultural issues across race and cultural lines. Though the book is centered on media, there's a lot of advice on how to discuss these issues in general -- bolstered by my experiences on a mini speaking tour this year, visiting college campuses and community groups across the country.

The Tedx Bloomington organizers just put the speeches online, so here's a look at what I did back then.

As always, feel free to take on the ideas and concepts in the comments area, and feel free to check out the book (less than $13 on Kindle and other e-book versions!) to explore the notions further.




[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:36am]


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