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 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: Indigenous Indentities and Concerns

With gratitude and humility, we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the Indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

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

  • In what ways do our educational institutions and our own practices as educators today continue to be influenced by our country's colonializing past?
  • How can building a deeper understanding of the history of native nations and peoples help us create a culture of inclusion and belonging at BCC?
  • In what ways are we complicit in the historical genocide and ongoing erasure of native peoples, and how can we increase awareness and move toward active resistance?

You do not need to already be an expert! We encourage all interested parties to attend, regardless of your background knowledge in this subject.