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TED Talk Virtual Book Club at BCC

The TED Talk Virtual "Book" Club is an opportunity to gather with others in our community and use short TED Talk videos as a catalyst for conversation and personal growth. All events are open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Each week we watch a TED Talk on a theme related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, then gather together (currently on hiatus for the summer) to talk about the arguments, ideas, and questions raised in the video.

We hope you’ll join us as we gather to talk about big ideas and think about how these ideas impact us and our community. Students can also earn forum credit for participating in this event.

Please join our mailing list and feel free to email us if you have questions or suggestions!


How it works:

  • Each week we’ll send out an email with a specific TED Talk and Zoom link (sign up below).
  • Watch the video(s) on your own (most are less than 20 minutes long).
  • Join the rest of the Virtual “Book” Club via Zoom.
  • At the end of each meeting, we'll vote on the next week's selection.
  • Sign up for our email or come back to this page to access links to this week's Talk and Zoom meeting in the "Up Next" section (below, updated Wednesdays).

Sign up for our weekly email which includes the next scheduled TED Talk, the meeting date and time, the Zoom link, guiding questions, and general series updates. Occasionally, we may also include suggestions for further viewing or reading related to Talks in the series.

Current Theme: Gender Identity and Expression

At each meeting we use several guiding questions to help focus our discussion. The guiding questions for this theme are:

  • How are our individual and collective understandings of gender norms socially constructed?
  • How can challenging commonly held assumptions about gender build new understandings?
  • How can the ideas presented in this TED Talk help us create a culture of allyship and inclusion at BCC?

You may also find this Prezi presentation, Gender Identity and Expression Map by Antonia Clifford, helpful in understanding relevant terms and concepts and using inclusive language in these conversations. Please note that you do not need to already be an expert! We encourage all interested parties to attend, regardless of your background knowledge in this subject.