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Inalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Belonging by Terrell Strayhorn (Transcript)

Terrell Strayhorn

Full text of professor Terrell Strayhorn’s talk: Inalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Belonging at TEDxColumbus conference.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Good afternoon. I am, in fact, Terrell Strayhorn.

What an honor to be among such a talented cast of speakers that you’ve had all day long. And much like Rufus already told you — most speakers would not reveal this — I remember when I got my first TEDx e-mail. It arrived when I was in the middle of conducting a national study of African American and Latino men in STEM fields, this e-mail kept popping up, TEDx. And I didn’t know who TED was, and I didn’t know what TEDx was.

The only thing I remember is, “I don’t know who Ted is and I don’t have time to talk to him!”

So I resisted the e-mail for quite some time, until actually some of my graduate students and, yes, my University President informed me that, in fact, TED is not a person at all. And much to my surprise, TEDx is not the distant cousin of Malcolm.

But rather, it’s a popular network of forward-thinking speakers all advancing these big ideas like knowledge is connected, nothing is coincidental, or in fact, stories are golden.

And I’m sure most of you can tell from the way my clothes fit, that I spend an enormous amount of time in the gym bodybuilding, either that or I shop at babyGAP. But, in fact, I spend most of my time as a social scientist at the Ohio State University conducting research, looking at the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality and other social identities affect the experiences of people in educational context. All of that work, for me, is done so that I can help administrators and educators understand ways that we can enable the success of students.

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