Race-Baiter update: Deggans speaking at TEDxBloomington conference at 3 p.m. today
At first, I felt a little like a rock star.
Standing on the stage at the Buskirk-Chumley theater in Bloomington, Ind. Thursday, I was just testing my microphone for today's TEDxBloomington speaking event. But it felt like standing in the center of a well-oiled entertainment machine.
The TED series is a well-known conference featuring thought leaders from all corners of the globe, discussing all manner of issues. And when a group of folks in Bloomington began to organize a version of the series for their town, I was honored when they allowed me to participate.
As an alum of Indiana University, I once sent seven yeas living, working and studying in Bloomington. It feels like a homecoming to return, stepping on a high-tech stage with the conference's trademark, wireless headset microphone, to speak on how to talk about race across racial lines.
If you're intrigued, and you should be, feel free to check out the event's live stream here. My talk is scheduled at 3 p.m.; the theme for the day is "Jump In." And i'll be encouraging people to Jump In to difficut conversations aout race difference.
Yeah, its tied into my book, Race-Baiter, summing up a lot of ideas from its final chapter. But it's also a summation of what I've learned sparking these conversations across the state and now across the country.
Hopefully, you'll decide to "jump in" with me, too.